Saturday, February 28, 2004

Siracusa Interview

Robb Beal interviews John Siracusa. Here are some quotes I like:

It’s not easy, or possibly even useful to explain [the spatial Finder] from a user’s perspective because the user shouldn’t even be aware of its existence. Even when it’s gone, there is only a vague malaise that is hard for the user to pinpoint.
Finally, it’s hard to get a really large group of Linux developers to do much of anything beyond a single “project.” A GUI is not a “project.” It’s the whole OS from the user’s perspective, and it must be from the creators’ perspective too or it will fail.
Anything that many applications want to do should be provided by the OS: show windows and menus, render text, save preferences, etc. In this day and age, displaying Web pages and storing metadata both fall into that category. These are not the things that people will buy your applications for, any more than someone bought a System 7 application because it had scroll bars. You have to add value. OS support for new features and technologies is a rising tide that lifts all boats.

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I really like Siracusa's opinions.

Is there a mirror for the interview? The link is broken. :(

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