My research interest is investigating the value of FormalSystem
s to describe ChaoticSystems?
like the WorldWideWeb
, especially to address TheTroubleWithConsensus
I have been working on WebArchitecture
since 1991; I edited the HyperTextMarkupLanguage
2.0 spec and helped start ExtensibleMarkupLanguage
Hmm... after reading Prey by Crichton, I'm curious about GeneticAlgorithm
I keep a home page at http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
In Feb 2001, as we start the SemanticWeb
), I'm ChoosingaWiki
for use at W3C. I'm scribbling a few notes here in the mean time, and I'm finding that there's an EconomyOfScale
that rewards my investment here.
My Feb 2002 experiment (http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/pywiki?WebArchitecture
) didn't fly.
This March 2003 experiment (http://esw.w3.org/topic/DanConnolly
) seems to have critical mass.
Here is the story of how I discovered WikiWikiWeb
, told by MyLowestBookshelf
... My .sig bore the quote "We believe in the interconnectedness of all things" for a few years; this is a DouglasAdams
quote; actually, it's a misquote, as AdamRifkin
pointed out, in a message to fork
(anybody got a pointer? ahh... thanks, google http://www.xent.com/FoRK-archive/july97/0450.html
- The Facts for the Color Computer
- OS/9 manuals
Affectionately, the CoCo?
. My first FormalSystem
's Basic; then 6809 assembly. I discovered recursion without being told about it; I was writing a program to visualize molecules and I implemented it with GOSUB and stacks in arrays.
I learned 6809E assembly by disassembling the interpreter. I remember asking "Where are the variables?"
I decided that a modem was the highest priority among peripherals and other upgrade doodad.
I got into OS9 and C and the UnixWay
soon enough. Built a printer interface and wrote a device driver for it. HomeBrewHardware
I bought a Mac SE in '86. I love the Macintosh. (I miss CutCopyAndPaste?
. I live in a dungeon of emacs, vi, and notepad these days.)
The Mac SE Support Pages
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 17:39:13 GMT
I wrote an 80,000 line HyperTalk
application for school registration that used SimulatedAnnealing
is cool. I learned a tiny bit about marketing software.
I learned C++ one weekend when I visited my sister who was taking a course on it; I hate CeePlusPlus
lex, yacc, etc.
My first job was at Convex Computer Corporation. I learned PerlLanguage
... comp.lang.* esp news:comp.lang.scheme
I met TimBernersLee
at the 1991 HypertextConference?
. I was living in DallasTexas?
, working for ConvexComputers?
, at the time, but I met the gal who's now my wife that weekend, so I moved to AustinTexas?
to be with her in 1992. That was my first exposure to a LifeInStartupCompanies?
. It was great, in a way: I wrote 30,000 lines of code in one year and worked with some great engineers who taught me about ModulaThree
I have become a LanguageLaywer?
- Scripting Languages: Automating the Web
I went to Hal software systems to help them integrate the Online Information AccessSystem?
with the web. I discovered the PythonLanguage
while I was there. I love python. I love/hate. I'm conflicted about PythonVsPerl
I joined Tim to build W3C in 1995. RohitKhare
joined soon after I did. I think he was the one who introduced me to patterns and WikiWikiWeb
. We talked a lot about architecture and design, especially WebArchitecture
, as well as journalism, etc. bought it March 1998.