[prog] Joel on Software: Leaky Abstractions
jching at flex.com
Thu Apr 17 22:49:13 EST 2003
On Thu, 17 Apr 2003, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> Good point. Does anyone know of any non-leaky abstraction? Is that even
>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.
Hm, if this is the case, then it brings up another question: were
abstractions meant to be non-leaky? Is it possible that abstractions
weren't meant to hide all complexities of a concept. But instead, hide
just enough of it to solve a problem?
Jimen Ching (WH6BRR) jching at flex.com wh6brr at uhm.ampr.org
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