Random tangent I thought about at work today: what is the point of the executable bit on a file? Been using it for years, totally understand how it works, but I don’t think I know any of the history as to why that was a necessary permission to make explicit. Could we add more such bits to the world? “This file should never launch a process that can access the microphone / speaker / camera / internet / etc”
3 years ago
@stevekrouse What I said in my interview about the supply of most tools being 0 (from Latoza.& Myers 2010)
Hey, in my @donut#1-on-1s with @Staffan I was trying to recall an article / presentation given in the past 1-2 years by the creator of Inform (inform7.com) reflecting on natural language and programming languages, but now I can’t find the link. Does anyone know what I’m referring to?Edit: found it! Really good read: http://www.emshort.com/ifmu/inform.html
It seems like a lot of you guys have looked into structured / ast-based editors previously or even tried to implement an editor. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts about why these kinds of editors haven't been widely adopted. What are the challenges (both technical and social), what are the open questions, ...?