Feature suggestion -- return if true

James Mills prologic at shortcircuit.net.au
Wed Apr 13 00:34:28 CEST 2011

On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 6:26 AM, Chris Rebert <clp2 at rebertia.com> wrote:
> Paraphrasing liberally from his review of Far Cry 2:
> "Letting the [programmer] create their own [language constructs is]
> always done at the expense of proper [orthogonality, elegance, and
> coherence]. Maybe sometimes I don't want to create my own [programming
> language] experience. Maybe I want to have an experience that's been
> carefully crafted by professional [language] designers and
> [architects]. But [a] delusion has arisen that absolutely anyone can
> contribute something valid, regardless of qualifications. In TV news
> for example, you'll often see them pause to hear the opinion of a
> seventy-five-year-old housebound racist from Lemington. And now you
> get [languages] like [Lisp] that rely heavily on user-made [language
> constructs]. Which I prophesise doom for, because most people are not
> [language] designers, and you're just going to end up with oceans of
> slurry, as indeed we have. It's like giving someone a stack of paper
> and a [pen] and claiming that that's as good as the latest [New York
> Times] bestseller."
> IOW, a language is usually better for having such discussions and
> having a fairly coherent worldview enforced by the existence of a
> managing authority.

Are we done with this discussion yet ? :)
*sigh* It was a slow day yesterday and I have
a funny feeling it's going to be the same today!

Regardless of anyone's subjective opinions as to what
was clear - I still stand by what I said.

Nice comments btw Chris :)


-- James Mills
-- "Problems are solved by method"

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