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[REBOL] Language "attitudes"

From: joel::neely::fedex::com at: 26-May-2001 11:55

Coincidentally, after reading the fireside chat by Charles Moore that Graham linked for us, I ran across a quotation from Larry Wall. These two statements make an interesting contrast: If it isn't 100 times smaller than 'C' it isn't Forth. Chares Moore It's okay to program in Perl Baby-Talk and we won't laugh. Larry Wall My point is not the relative merits of the languages (nor of their inventors), but just to raise the questions: Which of these statements is likely to make a newcomer to the language feel welcomed and empowered? and Which of these is likely to make the newcomer feel intimidated and apprehensive? Given that both languages can look intimidating to the uninitiated -- a sample of FORTH looks like this: SQRT 1. 1FF. ; *. 1. */ ; /. 1. SWAP */ ; 3/2 DUP DUP *. *. *. SQRT DUP 1. - 1 + + 2/ 1. + SWAP OVER /. + 2/ ; END -- I suggest that a welcoming, supportive community can have a big impact on the acceptance of a language. -jn- ------------------------------------------------------------ Programming languages: compact, powerful, simple ... Pick any two! joel'dot'neely'at'fedex'dot'com