Opinions

Just the facts…

A word of warning for you who stumbled upon my blog: this blog is not going to be that fun or interesting to read.

I find that the blog post I really like are the ones where the author has very strong opinions about a subject, so strong opinions in fact that he or she just can’t shut up about it. Usually the stated opinion is on the border of insanity and far from my view on the subject. These types of posts are interesting to read. They make you think. They often also make you feel something.

I am not going to write that type of blog posts. I hate opinions. I only have three:

  1. I don’t like opinions.
  2. XSLT is a terrible programming language.
  3. Redefineable syntax like operation overloading and macros is evil and the worst language feature ever.

Other than that I try to stay to just the facts. I like facts. Still, I might do two more blog posts about opinion two and three sometime. In this post I will just talk about my number one opinion: I hate opinions.

One of the thing I hate about opinions is that everyone seems to expect that you should have an opinion on every subject.

”So, what do you think about…”, and then insert any subject like ”the new Mac Book?”, ”the situation in Crimea?”, ”this blouse?”

What? Why should I have an opinion on these things?

It’s a computer, I can use it to program, thats good.

I have not lived in Crimea, I have no idea about the history between those people, but war is never the answer. 

It is red. What do you want me to say? You look good in it. But you look good in anything.

See, now I was forced to have opinions on things that I don’t care to have opinions about. And then we can start arguing. And there is no way that we can settle such an argument, because it is based on opinions and not facts.

Therefore I am always trying to just stick to the facts. We can argue about the facts, for sure, but such an argument can be settled by finding out if the facts are true or not. Facts can be proven or disproven. Opinions can not. They just are. And they are often crazy.

It is fun to read other peoples crazy opinions, but I’ll try to not have any opinions. If I do have opinions I’ll try not to tell you or write them down in my blog. I will just write facts about how Erlang works, how the Erlang runtime system works, and how programming in general works. Without opinions. It will not be that fun, but perhaps you will learn something. Something based on facts.

And please don’t force me to have opinions about things I don’t care about, or even worse force me to have opinions about thing I do care about.

I hate opinions, but hey, that’s just my opinion.

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About happi

I have been programming for fun since 1980, and for profit since 1989 when I started my first company. I have been working on native code compilation of Erlang, with the implementation of Scala, on virtual machines, and with internet scale online payment solutions. Currently I am writing a book on the Erlang Runtime System (ERTS).

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