On May 29, 2012, at 10:20 AM, Stuart Dallas wrote:

> -snip-
> Besides, truth is subjective, but then so is everything, including that 
> assertion.
> -Stuart

You reply was longer than my monitor was high so I can't give an immediate 
reply -- I have to scroll. :-)

However, with that said, you made good points and I don't disagree with any of 

As for me, I was speaking from my experience where the size of my functions 
over the last few decades has grown (up to a point) with my increasing monitor 
size. However, my eyesight has not improved and thus should be figured into 
this somehow.

As I said before, mine is just an observation that supports the limits in 
reception/comprehension articles I have read.

I think your 24 line terminal vs the 30" monitor argument is a valid one, up to 
a point. But I think the problems (if any) would depend upon many factors -- 
too numerous to elaborate here.

But let me pose an idea. 

When I was in college, my degrees were in Geology. My Summer Field study (6 
weeks) was to map out Geologic outcrops on a USGS topographic map. At the end 
of the study, all maps that matched the Professors' maps, were given the 
highest grades (mine the highest in all modesty). Not because they were alike, 
but because they approached the "truth" of the matter. The truth here was not 
subjective for there was only ONE defining truth and that could be discovered 
by detailed mapping. We all (including the Professors) approached the same 
problem in the same way and reached similar results. The closer to the truth, 
the more similar the maps.

Over the years I've seen programming languages converge producing single 
solutions for common tasks, such as a FOR loop and IF statements. These seem to 
be universal constructs in programming logic. So my question is, as in my 
Geology study "Is this convergence in programming logic discovering the truth 
of the task?" Do you see what I mean?

If so, then maybe the way we break down problems into smaller subsets might 
also be approaching an optimum method as well. I used to use (30+ years ago): 
1) Input; 2) Calculation; 3) Display; as the main categories in my division 
logic to tackle problems and that was long before I heard of MVC.

So, what I am saying is that we might all be approaching and contributing to an 
overall optimal logical solution in programming. Kind of an ant-colony think 
sort of thing. The solution is certainly not simple, but it might be an 
universally single solution to all the problems we perceive.

Said only for "Food for thought".




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