The effect of ownership imperatives has caused there to be absolutely no body of software as literature. It is
as if all writers had their own private “companies” and only people in the Melville company could read
Moby-Dick and those in Hemingway’s could read The Sun Also Rises. Can you imagine developing a rich
literature under these circumstances? There could be neither a curriculum in literature nor a way of teaching
writing under such conditions. And we expect people to learn to program in exactly this context?
Also, the first half of the presentation-paper has an interesting discussion of “vertical” vs “horizontal” software systems.