Not to feed the troll, and I realize I’m late to this thread, but…
On Thursday 01 April 2010 07:20:07 pm thunk wrote:
absolute last word from me forever on this as things are…
Probably a good thing.
I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I’d hoped maybe you’d be able to give
idea, at some point, of what you’re talking about.
- While the TOPIC still seems appropriate to a Ruby Discussions
group, the Medium is not “conducive” to communicating on a bigger
Actually, it is, if you’re capable of communicating WTF that bigger
- I have developed my own (tarzan) vocabulary to deal with a non-
trivial problem based on what I have seen that seems to fit best,
without reading about this or having anybody to chat about.
Having your own vocabulary can make things difficult if you’re using
that already have established meanings.
That said, I’m not sure that was the main issue. The main issue is that
not only concocted your own whole new vocabulary, but you were unable to
define pretty much any term you were using in plain English, or in plain
or in any terms we would understand.
- Using phrases that mean other things to people that are in
authority is not a good way to start any conversation,
I don’t know that there’s any particular authority in control of this
What authority there is seems to be meritocratic – that is, I listen to
certain people because I know what they’ve done, and I know they can be
respected. When the guy who wrote Merb (and Nanite, and a bunch of other
things) tells you he doesn’t know what you’re talking about, I’m
believe it’s that you have a problem communicating, and not that we have
4.I have NO idea what a “troll” is in your context, you have no idea
what I’m tryng to say by “black box” in mine.
- Setting up a wiki at GitHub is many times less painless than I
thought, I really should have done that FIRST - but in my defense I
had no idea what I was going to learn here.
That doesn’t really help. The homepage of your wiki does almost nothing
explain what you’re talking about. In particular:
“Ruâ€™ids are the â€œAtomic Unitâ€ in this 100% pure Ruby based system.
They are not the only part, but they are rather the defining part.”
Unit of what, what does that imply, what do they actually do? You don’t
very good job of defining them. For that, I have to go to another page:
“They are Minimum Program Units written in a set of
simple Ruby DSLs.”
Minimum Program Units – so, what, methods, modules, objects, files?
Telling us that it’s a DSL doesn’t help unless you tell us what that DSL
For example, Rake has tasks. They are defined in a DSL, sure, but what’s
important is that they’re a block of code with a name and a list of
tasks they depend on.
I bought a
Book on Symphony that was written by the author that must have been
200 pages, I’m not sure that what has to happen to accomplish what I
know I have accomplished will not require any less… perhaps
Definitely less, if you hope for any of us to read it.
It’s not just that we have limited time and patience, it’s that you are
less sense the more you write, and you STILL don’t have a proper summary
what it is you’re talking about.
- Open source has an attitude of “show me your source” and any
situation that does not fit this mold can become one of suspicion.
Somewhat, but not necessarily.
For example, I’ve occasionally brought up my somewhat abstract idea of a
Ruby actor library in which the messages sent between actors are just
calls, and actors can be garbage-collected. I sort of have a prototype,
I’ve never shared it here.
Yet people were willing to talk to me about it, because I’m able to
in terms they can understand. The only thing missing might be a
the actor model, and I can just point them here:
The reason people are insisting that you show us the code is that you
utterly incapable of saying what you mean in plain English, so there’s
hope that maybe, if there’s something to it, we’ll be able to understand
code. I have my doubts about that – it might be that people were hoping
shut up and go make it work.
8 forum “politics” is not new to me, but the system of “Rank” here
seems less fragmented than I had expected. Human swarms are always
interesting. Mr Davis used exactly the timing, and exactly decisive
manner that I would use to shut down a “young turk” if I was in a
position of authority. (Breaking of rank at this point would take
I’m fairly sure I’ve disagreed with Mr. Davis on occasion. I’ve
“broken rank” with anyone here who could be considered a “leader”. There
all sorts of lively debates, and politics generally doesn’t get in the
The problem here is not politics, it is the fact that no one, even quiet
lurkers like me, is able to figure out what you’re talking about. If
could, I’d hope they would speak up and translate for the rest of us.