Site news: Fugue state
Guaranteed, you don't care. A topic incredibly boring to all but very few readers, chances are even they might not really understand the information. And likely enough as long as things work OK still fewer people give a rip about development of “techo” projects.
OTOH developers naturally want to talk about it. They want to show their work, share their triumphs and vent their frustrations. Those aspects of their inventions that soar like poetry or magnificent music should be appreciated—if only it could be translated into forms that make sense to people who don't speak developers' languages.
That's a challenge isn't it? Let's take a shot at it. If it falls flat, well, use the comment box. If it succeeds, you're welcome to say so too.
If information flowing through a finely tuned program was visible it might resemble a wild river raft ride through deep canyons and calm clear lakes. Just gotta watch out for dangerous class 4+ rapids. Or maybe it would look like the center ring at a circus, amazing stuff happening all around, even in the audience, confusing and yet coordinated in a wonderfully graceful way.
Compared to music a running program might make a glorious sound. Data being propelled among active muscular functions take twists and turns as though riding on coveyors in factories, playing its own kind of music. At its finest the workings spin up and become elaborated, you'd swear it was performing a vast fugue inspired by Bach himself. It doesn't always go that way but when it does it's indeed a lofty accomplishment.
Sure, generating this website is a lot more subtle, no one's buying tickets to watch it happen. The fact that it happens in milliseconds means there's no way to squeeze in a pregame or halftime show. But we think it does do interesting things. A bit like pulling rabbits out of hats, running a program that generates programs that in turn generate the content that browsers know how to display. Different kinds of documents emerge together that have to be coordinated precisely or it won't work at all. Like the circus act happening on wire suspended a risky distance far above the crowd it's highly elaborate action that must be exactingly performed.
At times site production feels akin to playing a massive pipe organ than writing and operating arcane software. Then again how likely is it that a creator sees the merit of things created much more than the users of those creations. Therein is a very old and constantly repeated story in human history.
Still, it's possible using today's incredibly capable “devices” to their capacity you may hear faint echoes of J S Bach, or get a fleeting glimpse of the electrons' secret dance. An occurrence rare to the vanishing point but when it happens it's unusually rewarding.