“…Attentiveness to detail is an even more critical foundation of professionalism than any grand vision.”—James O. Coplien, in the introduction to Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship, by Robert C. Marting (p. XIX)
“Clean code is simple and direct. Clean code reads like well-written prose. Clean code never obscures the designer’s intent but rather is full of crisp abstractions and straightforward lines of control”—
Grady Booch, as quoted in Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship, by Robert C. Marting.
“Like a good novel, clean code should clearly expose the tensions in the problem to be solved. It should build those tensions to a climax and then give the reader that ‘Aha! Of course!’ as the issue and the tensions are resolved in the revelation of an obvious solution”—
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship, by Robert C. Marting.
A crucial aspect to this project [the Allen Institute for Brain Science] —and others the Allen Institute has pursued over the last eight years—is an “open science” research model. Early on, we considered charging commercial users for access to our online data. From a strictly financial standpoint, it made sense to reap front-end fees and, down the line, intellectual property royalties. The revenue could cover the high costs of maintenance and development to keep the resource current and useful.
But our mission was to spark breakthroughs, and we didn’t want to exclude underfunded neuroscientists who just might be the ones to make the next leap. And so we made all of our data free, with no registration required.
Our facility is neither the first nor the last to use a shared database to embrace “open science” and reject the competitive, single-lab R&D paradigm. Traditional research incentives—where journal publications are the coin of the realm—tend to discourage vital sharing…What I’ve concluded is that foundations and other private funders who support scientific research also can help promote wider sharing of scientific data. Before funders write a check to a university, they should ask about the researcher’s policies and track record on sharing.
“The most satisfying proofs are existence proofs. A platypus is an existence proof that mammals can lay eggs. The Internet is an existence proof of the remarkable information processing power of a decentralized network of hobbyists, amateurs, universities, businesses, volunteer groups, professionals, and retired experts and who knows what else. It is a network that produces useful information and services. Frequently, it does so at no cost to the user and without anyone guiding it. Imagine that energy, that decentralized and idiosyncratically dispersed pattern of interests, turned loose on the cultural artifacts of the twentieth century. Then imagine it coupled to the efforts of the great state archives and private museums who themselves would be free to do the same thing…”—James Boyle, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, 2008. p. 13