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Published on Jan 8, 2014
For most of human history, furniture was built by hand using a small set of simple tools. This approach connects you in a profoundly direct way to the work, your effort to the result. This changed with the rise of machine tools, which made production more efficient but also altered what's made and how we think about making it in in a profound way. This talk explores the effects of automation on our work, which is as relevant to software as it is to furniture, especially now that once again, with Clojure, we are building things using a small set of simple tools.
Tim Ewald designs and builds software systems. After 20 years using object oriented languages, he embraces Clojure because it provides the closes connection to the work and most directly expresses his intent. Tim works on the Datomic team at Cognitect, where he is a Vice President.