Eric Siegel wrote and performed this song when he was a computer science professor at Columbia University, 1997 - 2000.This song is a musical theater ballad with a tone of triumph and dramaticism.
It's the way things are and ought to be.
If yer life is hierarchical, it's really quite remarkably
easy to do each sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-routine.
All the functions I service must serve a general purpose,
yet operate alone with one-track minds.
Conceptual abstraction is maintained with a module interface,
to build up libraries of every kind.
You and and your abstraction, like Batman and Robin,
an inventive co-dependent relationship of epic proportions.
Who will invent a multi-purpose metaphor and meta-metaphor?
Who will architect your hamster's Habitrail (tm) with multi-purpose tubes?
Who will protect your private micro-thoughts from hacking invaders?
Who will save your code from infinite tedious intricacy?
Who knows how to use Legos really well?
A: You and your modular abstraction!
© 1998 Eric V. Siegel