crazy programming language thoughts

Sean 'Shaleh' Perry shalehperry at
Sat Aug 23 07:38:01 CEST 2003

On Friday 22 August 2003 16:05, Ryan Lowe wrote:
> i did look into some of the ones mentioned, specifically, COBOL and
> Applescript. i was more impressed with applescript, because i think you can
> expand the language that the interpreter understands (unlike COBOL) with
> some sort of 'dictionary,' though  its a little hard to say at first
> glance, given the new-programmer-targeted documentation. it seemed a little
> wordy, like writing a sentence just to make an assignment when there is a
> perfectly good = sign for that :)

ah, but there is the rub.  If '=' is good enough for assignment why bother 
with ANY english text?  Why is:

a = b

better than

assign b to a

?? (yes, this is a rhetorical question)

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