This is the Statement of Objectives that I have submitted in support of my application to MIT's PhD program in Computer Science. It reflects what I hope to accomplish over the next few years.
I am MIT's prodigal son. I came to MIT driven by my passion for coding and my desire to build great software, and propelled by the momentum of successes in International Olympiads and in an ACM programming competition. Two years later, I was jaded. It seemed that great software requires legions of developers manipulating bloated code bases in repetitive ways. I turned to management, so I would lead the legions that would build great software. Later, I read Paul Graham's essays, picked up Ruby on Rails, and regained the belief that I can build great software by myself or, even better, with a few friends. No legions required. Now, I want to share this rediscovered joy with others, and hopefully reduce the migration of smart hackers to management, consulting, and finance.