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[REBOL] Re: Not-too-smart Table Parser (was: how to handle tables?)

From: sanghabum:aol at: 23-Sep-2001 17:47

[meekerdb--rain--org] writes
> There are two ways to write error-free programs. > Only the third one works.
Hi Brent, Your sig reminded me of a quote from Tony Hoare (The devisor of the language occam): One way (of designing software) is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. And that reminded me of an ancient Datamation article by Tony Karp on the philosophy behind the Baggage language. The designers of Babbage have chosen a third alternative - a language that has only obvious deficiencies.... None of Babbage is defined except its extensibility - each user must define his own version. To end the debate of large languages versus small, Babbage allows each user to make the language any size he wants. Babbage is the ideal language for the me" generation." The original article is freely available on the web at I'm sure you'll agree that it's a valuable contribution to the language design debate. --Colin.