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Frameworks & Complexity – A quote from a lambda-the-ultimate discussion

All frameworks have crazy dependencies, if you don’t agree with me, name one that doesn’t! Crazy dependencies result from chunky abstractions, and you can’t avoid them unless you instead design a bunch of small generic orthogonal abstractions. But in the latter case, you have something more like a language than a framework.

Everyone (including competing product groups) seems to believe that their own chunky abstractions are better than someone else’s. This is BS, you just wind up replacing something you aren’t familiar with with something that you are familiar with because you wrote it yourself, which makes a different set of trade offs that caters specifically to your needs. There are of course better designs, but the intrinsic complexity remains no matter how good the design is. (Emphasis mine)

From a lambda-the-ultimate post by Sean McDirmid. http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/node/3720

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