Commit 8bb7dcea authored by Robert P. Goldman's avatar Robert P. Goldman
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Replaced concluding bullet list with a paragraph.

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\section{Conclusion}
\label{sec:conclusion}
There is nothing you can do with {\ASDFii} that one couldn't do with {\ASDFi}.
And there is nothing you can do with {\ASDFi} that you couldn't do without it.
The two above statements are trivially proven by noticing that
before you had {\ASDFi} or {\ASDFii}, you could write it, and then do
everything you can do with it.
And yet, both {\ASDFi} and {\ASDFii} do bring something useful ---
\rtof{I cut the following because as I read it, I realized that the claims are true
of any program in a Turing-complete language. I added a new sentence that I
HOPE catches your meaning.}
% There is nothing one can do with {\ASDFii} that one couldn't already do with {\ASDFi}.
% For that matter there is nothing one can do with {\ASDFi} that one couldn't do without it.
% The two above statements are trivially proven by noticing that
% before you had {\ASDFi} or {\ASDFii}, you could write it, and then do
% everything you can do with it.
Our ambitions in developing \ASDFii{} were relatively modest, and indeed the
ambitions behind \ASDF{} itself are relatively modest.
Despite this, \ASDF{} has brought something to the \CL{} community that past
system building systems failed to achieve:
%And yet, both {\ASDFi} and {\ASDFii} do bring something useful ---
the ability for developers to cooperate with each other,
using pre-negotiated conventions such that they don't each have
to pay the price of implementing it, and then again
have to pay the price of synchronizing their interface
with those of other developers.
In other words, any piece of software that isn't
the original solution of a research problem takes its value
from the economic savings it brings to people who thereby
don't have to pay the price of rewriting it,
and don't to pay the price of negotiating an interface
with other users of similar software.
\begin{itemize}
\item
Interested parties can investigate the {\ASDF} source repository.
\item There is documentation, however imperfect.
\item We'd like you to:
\begin{itemize}
\item Please incorporate {\ASDFii} into your implementations!
\item Enjoy the new features
\item Report bugs to launchpad
\item Take over maintenance
\item Help us make better documentation
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}
using pre-negotiated conventions to share their work and build
larger \CL{} systems across the community without a shared enterprise or
top-down leadership.
% such that they don't each have
% to pay the price of implementing it, and then again
% have to pay the price of synchronizing their interface
% with those of other developers.
% In other words, any piece of software that isn't
% the original solution of a research problem takes its value
% from the economic savings it brings to people who thereby
% don't have to pay the price of rewriting it,
% and don't to pay the price of negotiating an interface
% with other users of similar software.
In revising \ASDFi{} to \ASDFii{} much of the challenge was to do so in ways
that would minimally disrupt this beneficial sharing, and ideally would further
it. We hope that the future will show that we succeeded.
We would like to conclude with an invitation to the entire \CL{} community to
enjoy \ASDFii{} and, if they are so inclined, to further contribute.
Interested parties can investigate the {\ASDF} source repository.
There is documentation, however imperfect.
We would encourage \CL{} implementers to
please incorporate {\ASDFii} into your implementations. To users we say:
\begin{itemize}
\item Enjoy the new features;
\item Report bugs to launchpad (\url{https://bugs.launchpad.net/asdf}) and
\item Help us make better documentation.
\end{itemize}
If you are really enthusiastic, take over maintenance of \ASDF{}! If you do so,
though, please be conscious of its central social role, and when changing it
``\textit{Primum non nocere}'' -- first, do no harm. We found this harder than
it first appeared.
%\appendix
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