About Electron Drift

Sunday, 22 August 2004

He really does like software development.

After being stunned with the dizzying digital delights of the Atari Video Computer System in the late 70s, his life could never be the same. He, too, wanted to make something as fun, deep and complex as the Degenatron. Nothing like monochromatic blocks to drive a fertile imagination into a creative frenzy. (It was only later he noticed that women have a similar effect.)

When finally offered a whole 8-bits of raw computational power in the form of the Atari 800 Personal Computer System, there was no going back. Years passed, and he wrote plenty of programs, and a number of articles which got into magazines. It was a time of joy.

Of course, time marches on, the boy became a man. He had to give up childish pursuits like coding on computers that everyone recalled as being a games machine. He had to concentrate on more manly pastimes. He had to concentrate on a PhD, the graceful beauty of women, working for a living, and women again just to be on the safe side.

More years passed. The world of development, once like an uncharted region ripe for exploration, dotted with small settlers' villages, became a bustling urban metropolis connected by noisy concrete freeways. He wondered where all the joy had gone.

Each year, new and great conceptual frameworks and architectural methodologies were being invented. Each one promising more productivity than the last. Use this XML Xylophone to play a symphony of messaging rapture. Put the requirements into the mouth of the UML Elephant and wait for perfect code to slip out of the beast's rear. You would think people were building vast supercomputers that controlled the planet by sending robotic assassins back in time, but the truth was everyone just wanted to store some records on a database.

Didn't anyone have any fun anymore?

He wanted to start doing some fun stuff. He wanted to start looking at software development in his free time. It wasn't enough, for this particular madman, to just spend time coding at the office. Personal creativity and passion was where it was at, he said to himself, and he liked talking to himself. An audience that rarely failed to listen.

So he started a web site in the hot Tokyo summer of 2002, to write about software development things. Stuff he wanted to do, stuff he was interested in. This kid certainly liked to write. He wrote about himself an awful lot.

He called his new web site Wander, which was a wonderfully apt name, because that is precisely what his software development adventure did.

Now that wasn't how he had planned it, so there were two choices now available to him. He could give up the site, throw in the towel, perhaps forget about the doing fun stuff altogether. Or, he could...

Whilst coding is not a relaxing diversion, it is an accursedly addictive affair. He built a new site out of the empty ruins of the old. No quitter he.

Welcome to Electron Drift.