Notes on HyperBrowser research strategy in light of division of labor and interchangeable parts


According to Adam Smith (An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, book 1), the division of labor improves productivity through three means:

  • ".. by making [a single] operation the sole employment of his life, necessarily increased very much the dexterity of the workman”  (in our setting: by somewhat limiting the variety of operations one needs to handle, one necessarily becomes much more efficient in performing these).
  • "It is impossible to pass very quickly from one kind of work to another, that is carried on in a different place, and with quite different tools” (in our setting: Changing between different tools and different modes of working necessarily always invokes a certain overhead.)
  • "Men are much more likely to discover easier and readier methods of attaining any object, when the whole attention of their minds is directed towards that single object, than when it is dissipated among a great variety of things” (in our setting: by focusing on a more limited set of tasks, one will also by consequence come to develop more powerful software components for improving work efficiency).

As for the interchangeable parts, it is stated plain and clear on wikipedia:
"interchangeability allows easy assembly of new devices, and easier repair of existing devices, while minimizing both the time and skill required of the person doing the assembly or repair”. (in our setting: through developing robust, generic components, we can avoid or correct bugs, and more easily reuse code).

Published Aug. 25, 2014 12:13 PM - Last modified Aug. 30, 2014 10:22 PM