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Abstractions

Abstraction allows us to wrap up complication into a simpler form. We can take a set of things, with all of their nuances and details of combination, wrap it all up and call it new thing.

But, abstractions can sometimes get in our way. If they're not designed properly, they may not go together in convenient ways, or they may distance us from other useful parts of the language.

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Context-based programming is DRY

Recently, I needed to document firewall rules for a cluster of machines. The document needed to spell out rules by machine, but that meant that connections between machines were described in two places: the machine requesting the connection, and the one servicing it.

Context-based programming gave me an easy to describe a connection in a single place, but generate a document that connection in two places.

I can also use the same source file to generate the firewall rules themselves.

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