crazy programming language thoughts

Dave Kuhlman dkuhlman at
Fri Aug 22 03:19:31 CEST 2003

Ryan Lowe wrote:

> the basic concept would be to use identifying words in front of
> the arguments to determine their identity as well as making the
> function call read more like an english phrase. for instance, take
> the simple python statement:
>>>> vtext.replace('a', 'b')
> wouldnt it be nicer (more english-like at least) to say:
>>>> replace 'a' with 'b' in vtext

Incredibly great idea.  Unfortunately, it's been done.  It's
called COBOL.  It was/is hugely successful.  And, by the way,
whitespace for indentation is significant in COBOL, I believe.


Dave Kuhlman
dkuhlman at

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