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Alan Kay had a similar idea: that objects should refer to other objects not by their memory space inside a single machine but by their URI.
When programmers copy/paste StackOverflow snippets, in a way they are actually closer to realizing Alan Kay's vision of meta-programming than those who subscribe to the "tyranny of a single implementation" -- or "writing" code as some would mock, expressing a narrow view of what they think "programming" a computer must entail.
The StackExchange network provides a feature-rich interface to document source code snippets that perform a specific task. What's missing is a formal, structured description of these snippets and a mechanism to provide semantic interoperability that leads to a universal prototyping language for deep messaging interchange.
How else are we going to go from Minecraft to Holodeck?
Millions seems to be the appropriate order of magnitude here.
According to wikipedia, there are approximately 457,000 programmers in the US, which seems like a smaller number than I would have guessed. For contrast, there are ~1.2 million attorneys.
"StackSort connects to StackOverflow, searches for 'sort a list', and downloads and runs code snippets until the list is sorted."
Pretty sure we'll have this worked out with our provider before you can finish downloading though.
This isn't really that debilitating of an issue, although I guess copy-and-paste code monkeys will find it highly inconvenient.
Doesnt work in Europe either.