Lambda the Ultimate

inactiveTopic Question for y'all
started 7/9/2001; 8:57:19 AM - last post 7/17/2001; 4:51:03 AM
Ehud Lamm - Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/9/2001; 8:57:19 AM (reads: 1786, responses: 9)
Question for y'all
Do you think we should add a department for important SW related or semi-related stuff that is noteworthy enough, even though isn't directly related to programming languages?

I am not sure this is a good direction, I'd like to know what you think.

Posted to admin by Ehud Lamm on 7/9/01; 8:57:44 AM

Michael Christopher Vanier - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/9/2001; 12:50:20 PM (reads: 1450, responses: 0)
Can you give us some examples of what you're thinking about? I can see a place for material that indirectly relates to programming (e.g. OS design decisions that may affect implementations of garbage collection etc.), but I wouldn't want this weblog to become like Slashdot :-)

Bart Meerdink - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/9/2001; 2:19:44 PM (reads: 1445, responses: 0)
I'm in for anything intriguing that catches your eye, but would prefer items that would at least give an angle on the subject of programming (-languages).

Jo Totland - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/9/2001; 3:19:23 PM (reads: 1385, responses: 0)
Maybe, there are lots of interesting topics in CS, but the danger is to digress to far. Personally I wouldn't mind if someone included interesting links on OS design, database design, algorithms, complexity, quantum computing, formal methods, design patterns, hardware design, or anything else. But then lambda the ultimate would become something else, and I am not sure I would like that.

Well, I wouldn't mind if the articles or links were as interesting as they are now, but I can't imagine it would be possible to do that. And, of course, there are other websites for those interested (as well as newsgroups, mailing lists, and even (uh) paper materials available at your local university library.

Conclusion, don't make the section. But if you find something really, really, really interesting that you want us all to see, post it anyway. That way you can keep quality up while still not being forced to include material from every whimsy corner of computer science just to fill the alternative section(s).

Brad Knotwell - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/9/2001; 9:34:12 PM (reads: 1379, responses: 0)
I'll ditto Jo's final paragraph and add the caveat that the General section seems to be a good place for things that don't quite fit.

Ehud Lamm - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/10/2001; 2:44:51 AM (reads: 1374, responses: 0)
Just to clarify: I don't want this site to turn into a Slashdot like thing, anymore than yuo do. I value the high quality of the content posted here by all the contributors.

I was thinking along the lines of things like pointers to discussions about open-source licensing. This is not really a PL issue, but might still be interesting.

Even if we decide to go in this direction, I intend such posts to be few and far in between. I am not talking about changing focus.

I just though that since we have great contributors, it may be worthwhile, on occasion, to see what else they are thinking about.

Biep - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/12/2001; 6:38:55 AM (reads: 1404, responses: 0)
What about starting another weblog (say for SW stuff, and seeing what happens? If interesting stuff gets posted, every now and then a set of pointers could be posted here, and if not, you can just forget about it.

Ehud Lamm - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/13/2001; 6:38:38 AM (reads: 1339, responses: 0)
What about starting another weblog...

You run it! I don't have the time, nor the interest. I don't think we need another SW related weblog, there so many as it is... I was just trying to get members views on very infrequent forays into issues bordering our main theme.

I think that one of the advanatges of LtU is the focus, and I wasn't suggesting changing it.

Biep - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/17/2001; 12:27:29 AM (reads: 1332, responses: 1) of the advantages if LtU is the focus..

We agree here, but I misunderstood you earlier. The reason I suggested another weblog was exactly to keep the focus of LtU.

I should prefer not to see SW blogs on the main page - at most a link to a set of collected links, something like "The quarterly set of pointers to selected SW articles on the web".

As soon as an individual pointer is posted, some content spills into the blurb, it changes the "feel" of LtU, and others may start posting like stuff.

Ehud Lamm - Re: Question for y'all  blueArrow
7/17/2001; 4:51:03 AM (reads: 1427, responses: 0)
Good point. Thanks