We are involved in a "Welding Process," a type of Wikipedia:Manufacturing process.

Welding is joining things together.

There are other things beyond the WeldingProcess worth talking about. For example, there's discrimination- choosing one thing over another thing. We aren't talking about welding right now, in order to say that it's the only thing around. Rather, we're talking about it so that we can isolate this as a thing that generally happens.

Another name for this welding, this joining, is integration.

How to Weld

The basic pattern behind the process of welding is the same.

  1. Make a space.
  2. Collect materials.
  3. Join.
  4. Push away.
  5. goto 2

You must have some sort of space to weld. A room for gathering. A chair for quilting. A source code repository. A wiki. Paper. A soup of chemicals. A UserInterface. A disk drive. Whatever.

Next you must collect your materials. You must put the materials you most commonly will use close to you, and you must push the things least used far from you.

In wiki, we can weld a HyperText better than bloggers (if I may be so bold), in part because our LinkLanguage is so close to us.

In a space, people gather. In writing, you bring your notebook close to you, as well as referenced books. In the UserInterface, you pull together the files you are interested in.

Finally, you join. You perform whatever manipulation it is that you want to get done. You sew the pieces of cloth together. You talk with the person next to you. You write some source code. You talk.

At the end of the day, you push it all away, for future access. If you are going to stay up into the wee hours of the night, you push away, only to receive some more materials as part of a feed.

If your process is recursive or continual, you are back at collecting materials.


EditNearLinks: UserInterface HyperText