[Edu-sig] As We May Think: What will we automate?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 23:28:35 CET 2009

> At the other end, Python gives me a language I can talk to another
> programmer in, and I can also run parts of the discussion on a machine.
> There are other languages that do that, of course, but none that are
> so easily communicated to a "random other" without spending more time
> talking about the mechanics than about the idea.  I suspect this is why
> Kirby likes APL so much, he can easily express large-swath ideas.  For
> me, APL too quickly becomes terse little chunks.  But Kirby and I
> program about different things.
> --Scott David Daniels
> Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

Yeah, plus when I got involved with APL in 1976-1977, we didn't have
Python.  This was the first / only language with REPL in my reality,
i.e. I could type at a terminal and get an immediate reply, what a
difference!  Same think people like about Python.

My APL is rusty by now, so if someone wants to collaborate with me on
communicating some large-swath ideas in at least partly working code,
I prefer Python.  Like here's some "manga code" from the PPUG list:


Thanks for you input Scott.


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