My response to Out of the Tar Pit

This is an episode of Thoughts on Functional Programming, a podcast by Eric Normand.

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Out of the Tar Pit came out 14 years ago and it was a big influence on my thinking. I've thought a lot about it and I want to share some extensions and refinements of the ideas in the paper. Specifically, I hope to present a more objective definition of complexity and refine the idea of Essential vs. Accidental complexity.