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[REBOL] Re: What language am I looking for?

From: kenneth:nwinet at: 17-May-2001 19:38

Hey all, Joel Neely wrote:
> I'm probably overly sensitive on this point, but some of my > attempts at discussing REBOL features, performance, and > trade-offs several months back seemed to provoke some > "REBOL, love it or leave it!" responses. Therefore, I try > hard to make clear that my comments and questions are offered > in the spirit of trying to understand and (occasionally) > suggest improvements, not in a spirit of negativity.
Not to worry. The general population often confuse analytic skills with negativity. Contemporaneous (is that a word or did I just make a Bushism?) writing often means leaving large wholes (<= is that Freudian or what?) in the thoughts expressed that others like to drive trucks through. I could show you the tread marks ;-) When a language becomes a religion I think there's a problem. When people feel they are personally being critisized they need to consider first that they opened the door before they start shooting arrows back. (I personally like listening to a good flame war, but I'm demented!)
> You might be amused to know that early implementations of > FORTH had a related technique which often tripped up newbie > FORTH programmers. (Remember that FORTH was a truly tiny > language, capable of being implemented in a 4k-8k footprint > on most microprocessors. Saving memory space was even more > of an issue than speeding word lookup.) A common technique > for storing word names in a dictionary was to use the first > three characters of the word and a one-byte length. This > meant that it was all to easy to accidentally create name > collisions, such as > > first -> "fir" 3 > firms -> "fir" 3 > > You can image the possibilities for bug-breeding!
Your just trolling for the Forth guys, aren't ya? You know it's first -> "fir" 5 firms -> "fir" 5 Not to be confused with... firetrucks -> "fir" 10 But Seriously Joel, tell the love it or leave it crowd to get a life (but not so they can hear it, it just encourages them.) Ken.