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SunWorld: Xanadu from the wilderness

Sep 04, 1999, 19:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird, Kathryn Soraiz)

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"While it's hard to convey briefly the historical weight Xanadu hefts, its Web site summarizes it nicely: "Founded 1960: The Original Hypertext Project." That's right -- 30 years before Tim Berners-Lee passed around his Web proposals, Ted Nelson was working out a hypertext system from which we still have a lot to learn."

"It's not just that Xanadu is a fantastic creative achievement, though; it's also infamous as the tardiest software ever. It's been nearly ready to ship numerous times since the 1970s.

"And it finally happened, just a few days ago. Nelson and his team demonstrated Xanadu and passed out its source code(!)."

"It promises to be an excellent demonstration of how Python fares in a high-performance, large-scale, complex role that many programmers believe is reserved for C++ and Java."

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