[prog] Joel on Software: Leaky Abstractions

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Thu Apr 17 12:13:14 EST 2003

> Good point.  Does anyone know of any non-leaky abstraction?  Is that even
> achievable?

Goedel's Incompleteness Theorem suggests no; Claude Shannon says no. 
Any non-leaky abstraction would necessarily be of the same complexity as
the problem, hence, it wouldn't be an abstraction.

Leaks are the price you pay for abstractions.

Robert J. Hansen <rjh at sixdemonbag.org>

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