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Talks by Alan Kay

Doing with images makes symbols

human interaction design

Kay starts with history-in-demos of GUIs, including videos of Sutherland’s Sketchpad, Englebart’s Mother of all Demos, and PARC’s research. He then shares some insights on human learning, including a “20-minute tennis lesson.”

The computer revolution hasnt happened yet

OO, software-design

A detailed criticism of the state-of-the-industry in 1997, and a walk-through of Kay’s values for good software design. A great way to understand OO’s basic intentions and find some context for the last 15 years of software.

Normal considered harmful


A criticism of industry culture and modern architectural decisions.


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