Duncan Smart has started blogging.
This isn’t the inane blogging of Doris Lessing’s recent notorious Noble prize acceptance speech. It’s high level stuff of a very particular order.
Mind you, it isn’t for everyone.
It isn’t for everyone because it’s rather technical.
In fact, it’s very technical. But I’m glad of that.
You see, a long time ago – a very long time ago – I used to write computer programmes. I wouldn’t say I ‘coded’ or ‘cut code’, because I was a very junior programmer working on PDP-11s at the beginning of the 1980s. Fortan and machine code – nothing you could use these days.
If you can’t remember, or don’t want to, PDP-11s were things the size of a fridge freezer with the calculating power of an iPhone.
I stopped programming to go to university, and never went back. I had learnt that it takes a particular talent to do the job well, and I was only adequate.
And that’s why I’m glad that Duncan’s started blogging. Reading about the Scintilla Text Editor, Java Script and WebKit reminds me that I made the right career choice in moving away from programming.
And there’s another reason, too: I work with Duncan at InfoBasis, and if I can only half understand the stuff he writes, that has to mean that we’ve got the right players on the team.