What is Expresiveness in a Computer Language?

Ramon F Herrera ramon at conexus.net
Mon Jul 11 03:08:40 CEST 2005


[Peter Barret wrote:]
> It may just be me, but I tend to think of a computer language as a
> tool for directing computers to perform specific actions. Do we talk
> about the expressiveness of a spade?

yes, it is just you.  :-)

Your comparison is a very poor match.  How can you even begin to
compare a hammer or a screwdriver with a computer language?

A more apt comparison would be a Roman general with his spade directing
his troops to attack.  Some generals have more expresiveness than
others.  The barbar generals will just grunt while the French generals
will inspire with some poetic invocation.

-Ramon




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