Tristram Shandy
by joe

Posted on 2019-01-07

The Life and Opinions of Joe Python, Programmer
We've been beavering away at this blog about building a blogging application for about ten months. Well, the "beavering away" probably only started four months ago - when we made our first BLOX commit to a public repository.

Very recently it dawned on us that our path was classically anticipated in a very early English language novel.

Life Imitates Art

Laurence Sterne's novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman hits pretty close to home. This description is taken from the Wikipedia page Synopsis:

"As its title suggests, the book is ostensibly Tristram's narration of his life story. But it is one of the central jokes of the novel that he cannot explain anything simply, that he must make explanatory diversions to add context and colour to his tale, to the extent that Tristram's own birth is not even reached until Volume III." The book, in several editions (including Kindle), is readily available, as is the movie.

We heartily recommend both.

While we make no claim to correlative status as exalted literature or entertainment, it's readily apparent that our chronicle of creating this BLOX project bears a striking resemblance to Sterne's melange. Also, we do aspire to some minimally worthwhile relevance and inspirational value.

The Central Joke
One of the central jokes of this blog is that even the simplest elements of programming are hard to explain, that we digress and parenthesize and link and reference and footnote and repeat ourselves, returning over and over to a relatively few simply stated (but maddeningly complex and elusively subtle) observations - certainly not prescriptions, and not really even solid suggestions - concerning good practices (the best being chimeras and all too situational) in support of our art.


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Edited: 2019-01-30 20:55:12(utc) Generated: 2019-06-10 17:29:58(utc)