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+ - Sussman on engineering robust software systems

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John Kraemer
John Kraemer writes "MIT's Gerald Sussman (the inventor of the Scheme programming language and author of the classic programming text "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs") has written an essay on how to engineer robust software systems. The topic is common, but his proposals are classic MIT AI lab stuff, including programmer-extensible generic operators, combinator-based modular components, and continuation-passing flow control. Heady material, but well explained — if you want some mind-stretching ideas about how to organize large-scale software this is worth a look."

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