Somehow over the years Joe seemed to remain relatively untouched by the cynicism that many of his contemporaries fell into. His experience combined with his enthusiastic take on things made him have a truly unique, and irreplaceable point of view, he will be sorely missed.
I only recently came across his Twitter account and started following him (he had some interesting ideas about and experiments with TiddlyWiki). He seemed like a passionate and enthusiastic technology lover, which was a good enough reason to follow him.
And it is only just a few minutes ago that I discovered that Joe is the guy with the moustache from the famous Erlang: The Movie video…. I had not pieced those two things together.
So I knew nothing about his history, just one little thing he was working on/interested in. That may make me seem ignorant, but I share this because it goes to show that the light that shines in people like Joe was a genuine light of curiosity and sharing. Bright enough to attract people like me.
I started using TiddlyWiki because of his enthusiastic posts on it, and I have to say I’m incredibly happy with it. It’s great to be able to own your own knowledge repository, and to be able to tag things appropriately to distill versions of the TiddlyWiki that you may want to share in certain venues.
Do you have any suggestions for using tiddlywiki on mobile?
The save workflow is already pretty terrible now on modern browsers, and I never figured out syncing. I really liked the idea of it, and am always curious how people use it.
It always amazes me how active the Erlang founders were in the community. You could, as a complete beginner to the language, post on Elixir forums then find a response by Virding or Armstrong.
Armstrong in particular was always amiable and a welcome participant in the threads. It’s a sad loss for the Erlang and Elixir communities.
This is very upsetting. He was truly a giant in computing. He will be missed.
Very sad day.
Over on the HN thread, people shared stories and memories from their interactions with Joe and how wonderful of a person he was.
Rest in peace, Joe; you will be dearly missed.
joeerl was truly a father figure not just in the erlang community. In my recollection he never shot down peoples ideas, but had a knack for riffing with you to end up something neither of you had dreamed about. Well read, and with real world experience to share he brought humour and insight in equal proportions to any conversations he participated in. His enthusiasm and openness will be greatly missed.
ht to ferd for the line.