Mathieu Bouchard emailt me this: First, I found this interesting (and wild)
paper about Postmodern Programming:
Apparently, this has been believed by many as a hoax, and so has been
linked to the famous Alan Sokal hoax (the paper "Transgressing the
Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum
However I think it’s more like: a serious article written in a
tongue-in-cheek style and talking about an unusual topic.
Other authors i know who are writing about postmodern programming, are
Larry Wall (Perl) and Richard Gabriel (new online book "Patterns of
Software"). These days I am attempting to read the latter.
Richard Gabriel’s work on software patterns, and for that matter, all
the work on software patterns for the last decade, has been tremendously
influenced by a book supposedly on Architecture (!!!), by Christopher
Alexander, called "The Timeless Way of Building".
Both C.Alexander and R.P.Gabriel spend a lot of time on an elusive concept
they call "Quality", which I immediately connected to Robert
Pirsig’s "Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
(1976), a classic I finally read this year. The connection between the two
is quite large (Pirsig’s book even more revolves around that
"Quality" thing). It has to do with attempting to define the
undefinable, in particular, those aspects of a thing that make it good
and/or beautiful but that, trying to approach them from a formal
standpoint, slip through our fingers.
There are a bunch of other interesting aspects (IMHO) in all of those