February 08, 2005
Taste for the Web

Xach Beane's new essay on Google Maps:

Google Maps is essentially a large JavaScript application. Great hackers have an almost instinctual aversion to JavaScript. Google is betting its future on something a tasteful programmer's radar rejects.

Posted by jjwiseman at February 08, 2005 12:27 PM

"Bet7ing its future" seems a bit much. They're expanding in quite a few directions right now, with a possible web browswer, Picasa, etc. Interesting idea though.

Posted by: Tom Milford on February 8, 2005 01:42 PM

That's the best spoof of clueless Lisp advocacy I've ever seen. The profound ignorance about every non-Lisp technical topic, the irrelevant references to random facts about biology, and the incoherent deification of one's own preferences as objectively correct are just superb.

In fact, it was such a good spoof that I wasn't sure it was a spoof until I read the footnotes. I'm sure poor Xach will get a lot of flames from people who thought he was serious.

Posted by: Kragen Sitaker on February 8, 2005 02:10 PM

Oh, and in the "Xach Beane spoofs clueless Lisp advocates" category, there's also http://www.xach.com/lisp/lisp-blog.txt

Posted by: Kragen Sitaker on February 8, 2005 02:12 PM

That's the best spoof of clueless Lisp advocacy I've ever seen.

It's specifically a Paul graham parody (and a brilliantly funny one too) - though I admit that even with the visual page style clues I didn't catch on until he mentioned Arc.

Posted by: Martin DeMello on February 8, 2005 11:26 PM

I almost didn't get it as a parody, mainly cause the javascript knocks in the middle nearly trolled me into an insensate rage, lucky I saw the curly brace stuff just in time before i murdered my computer.

Posted by: Bryan on February 9, 2005 12:50 AM

Very funny stuff, especially if you've read the originals. Over in the java world I spotted this some time ago:


Posted by: Randall Rupp on February 9, 2005 07:06 PM

wow, that jroller one is pretty offensive, sounds like the guy probably writes a political blog calling for the execution of opponents on the side.

Posted by: bryan on February 10, 2005 01:37 AM

Apologies - I suffered poster's regret almost immediately. I actually like Mr. Graham's two lisp books so I can't say I agree with all the venom directed at him there. It's so outrageous though that it made me laugh. Most of the bile on the bileblog appears reserved for java numbskulls.

Posted by: Randall Rupp on February 10, 2005 05:43 AM
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