[Edu-sig] Rational Division

Jeffrey Kunce kuncej@mail.conservation.state.mo.us
Mon, 07 Feb 2000 16:56:07 -0600


>> So, what does "E" think? Does 2/3=3D=3D0 or does 2/3=3D=3D1
>> or does 2/3=3D0.66..67 or does 2/3=3D=3D2/3?=20

>In E, there are two operators for division:
>    2 / 3  yields  0.666666
>    2 _/ 3  yields  0

Leave it to me to try to be cute and wind up obscuring my point.
Leave it to Ping to dig up a language called "E"
I meant "Everyone" as in CP4*E*   :-)

Some people have been saying that "Everyone" thinks 2/3=3D=3D0.6666
Others say that 2/3 is obviously 0
I was suggesting that perhaps "Everyone" thinks 2/3=3D=3D2/3
It should be tested, of course, by asking a subset of "Everyone"

But this is similar to the case-sensitive issue, and Guido has spoken.

I stand by my general point, though. Programmers don't have a clue
about what "Everyone" thinks or needs. If we pretend we do, CP4E
will have all the credibility of a Star Trek convention.

  --Jeff