ANN: Dao Language v.0.9.6-beta is release!
desparn at wtf.com
Sun Dec 11 01:08:58 CET 2005
Zeljko Vrba <mo.dor at fly.srk.fer.hr> wrote in
news:slrndpmk13.mlu.mordor at fly.srk.fer.hr:
> On 2005-12-10, Tom Anderson <twic at urchin.earth.li> wrote:
>> ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR.
> Using indentation without block termination markers is
> of the way we write spoken language, terminating each
> with . Ever wondered why we use such things in written
> when people are much better in guessing what the writer
> to say then computers?
I believe I may have seen cases in written "spoken
language" where paragraphs were indented, or otherwise
separated with whitespace. It's even possible that I've
seen some examples of written languages that use no periods
at all! And what's more, I've seen more than one *computer*
language that uses no terminating periods! Why, it boggles
Despite the arguments advanced by those whose previous
computer languages used braces and semicolons, there
actually are more ways to separate complete statements than
Make a grocery list. Do you terminate each item with
punctuation? Write a headline for a newspaper. Is
punctuation always included? Read a mediaeval manuscript.
Do you find punctuation? Whitespace? How about Egyptian
hieroglyphs, Chinese ideograms, Ogham runes?
Because you're accustomed to one set of conventions, you
may find Python's set strange at first. Please try it, and
don't fight it. See if your objections don't fade away. If
you're like most Python newbies, you'll stop thinking about
brackets before long, and if you're like a lot of us,
you'll wonder what those funny squiggles mean when you are
forced to revert to one of those more primitive languages.
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