A Paradigm Shift in Computing to Counter Software Melt

Written by: Ken Granville



In an age of relentless technological advancements, the software industry often finds itself grappling with an intriguing paradox: as software grows more sophisticated and feature-rich, it often becomes more fragile and prone to what is termed “software melt.” At its core, this software melt is essentially attributed to the continued reliance on programming languages, a dependency that injects complexity, creates room for human error, and incubates inefficiencies. However, a groundbreaking solution, WantWare, challenges this status quo, emphasizing the articulation of intent over the intricacies of code.

Understanding Software Melt

Software melt can be metaphorically envisioned as software “melting” under its own weight. As developers build upon and modify software, they often introduce unintended consequences. These manifest as bugs, vulnerabilities, and systemic inefficiencies, many of which are consequences of the constraints and complexities of traditional programming languages. Over time, this compounding of issues makes software maintenance akin to a Sisyphean task, where each fix introduces new problems, and stability seems ever elusive.

The Promise of WantWare

Enter WantWare, a modality that shifts the focus from coding to intent. By using Meaning Coordinates to define software behavior, WantWare abstracts the minutiae of traditional coding, dramatically reducing the layers of complexity and potential for human error.

  1. Intent Over Code: Instead of defining every micro-action through lines of code, developers express what they want to achieve. This emphasis on intent over procedure reduces complexity and the chance for misinterpretations and errors.
  2. Universal Translation: WantWare’s Meaning Coordinates can be re-expressed in any human or machine language. This universality mitigates the risks associated with software portability and translation, often hotbeds for software melt in traditional paradigms.
  3. Scalability Without the Weight: As software projects scale in traditional environments, they often suffer from bloated codebases and mounting technical debt. In contrast, WantWare’s approach, with its compact and efficient representations, ensures scalability without the typical baggage.
  4. Granular Security: Security, often an afterthought in the rush to deploy, becomes integral in WantWare’s paradigm. Granular access controls, embedded within, offer robust security without the vulnerabilities often introduced by bolted-on solutions in traditional software.


The relentless march of software complexity and the resulting melt is a challenge that has long plagued the tech industry. WantWare offers a revolutionary alternative, shifting the paradigm from the quagmire of code to the clarity of intent. As we stand on the brink of this transformation, it’s essential for stakeholders to recognize and embrace this shift. By doing so, we can envision a future where software is more robust, efficient, and, above all, resilient to the melting pressures of the legacy ways of doing things.