Subject: Re: Design patterns for Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 16:48:01 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Wade Humeniuk
| I think that is part of what the purpose of patterns/pattern languages
| is/was.  To create what the next thing will be.  The trick is not to find
| out what is next but to create what is next.  Partially by creating a
| pattern language strong enough to influence a large enough group of
| people.  Of course this has to be your definition of success.

  I think patterns people are trying to prevent the next thing from being
  just another variation of something somebody already did many years ago.
  The "if we do it our _own_ way, we can call it innovation" crowd needs
  serious corrective input to their "creative" processes.  Preventing just
  one stupid reinvention of the obvious from being marketed in glittering
  new clothing would be worth every cost.

  The past is not more important than the future, despite what your culture
  has taught you.  Your future observations, conclusions, and beliefs are
  more important to you than those in your past ever will be.  The world is
  changing so fast the balance between the past and the future has shifted.