Dec 15th 2010 × Intermoos Part 4: Mark Obcena. Keetology, a book and more
So, what better time to get a few answers from the man of the moment than right now? I present to you the “Dr. Keeto” intermoo. Brush up on your “keetology” and start reading!
Around the same time as my appearance, Jan was working on a project called Fire, which was a MooTools extension framework for Adobe Air. Since I had some experience with Adobe Air, Jan asked me if I would like to contribute to the project, to which I agreed. We worked on the project for a few weeks but we abandoned it at the end due to being too busy with other stuff. However, the project forced me to be constantly online in the channels, and I’ve never been away for more than a few days since then.
Eventually, I got the idea of writing a series of advance MooTools articles for my blog, and that eventually became the Up the MooTools Herd series which really started my community work.
This difference between abstraction-based and extension-based frameworks is important for people who actually love the languages they use. The more you like a language, the more you’ll tend to lean towards frameworks that magnify rather than mask it. You’ll want to work more closely with the language in terms of syntax and philosophy–and burying it under heavy (and often leaky) abstractions would simply be daft.
Whether or not “less advanced” MooTools users will benefit from reading the book is totally up to them. After all, the MooTools source code has been open-source from the start, and there’s nothing about MooTools in this book that you won’t learn just by reading and examing the source code. If someone really wants to learn MooTools from the inside, all they have to do is look through the source code–they don’t need my book.
I’d also like to see some additional metaprogramming APIs for Core. The biggest strength of MooTools is its extensibility, and I’d love to see some of the internals exposed via safe APIs. This will benefit those who’d like to extend MooTools without touching Core.
- Reddit and Hacker News, or basically any site that aggregates a lot of stuff.
- The documentation for the technologies you use, and their source code.
- The documentation for your text editor.
- Your creativity.
Thank you for your time!
P.S. Now that the book is hot off the press, I should mention Keeto is available to pester with _interesting_ problems on IRC (just like most other teams in the MooTools community) – freenode.net #mootools. Go and say “hi” and say Dimitar sent you