Having knowledge of the history of technology I believe is a very healthy practice. Especially with the headlong rush we technologists have found ourselves in, there is always something stirring in me to step back and look at the big picture. I believe that by studying where we have tread to get where we are technologically gives you a better understanding and appreciation for the shortcoming and awesomeness of technology today. But I think critically it gives you an opportunity to cut through the stampede of developers and find new ways to direct technology in the future. That I believe is one of Mr. Crockford’s strengths.
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** I am still angry at Safari Books Online after their stupid iPad app fiasco, so no link for them. Half-assed software development is a cardinal sin in my eyes. I will rant about this later.