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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Language Purity

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The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

Brian Dear

2017

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2019-09-05

"Tutor did not fit into any model of a computer language that a computer scientist purest might find acceptable.....[David Little says] 'the usual problem is that computer scientists sit [around] and don't work on the interesting applications, so someone who doesn't know all these things comes along and does it, for example HTTP and HTML make all the same mistakes because they were done by a desperate physicist who couldn't wait any longer, and they weren't done by a computer scientist. It still has all these problems because if computer scientists had focused on applications more, someone would have done this right, and the same thing's true for Tutor.'" - Brian Dear, The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture (2017)