Mailing List Archive: 49091 messages
  • Home
  • Script library
  • AltME Archive
  • Mailing list
  • Articles Index
  • Site search

[REBOL] Re: Correct Behaviour? R.I.P.

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 6-Jul-2001 1:54

Hi Jeff, strange I am replying to Joel's email and writing "Hi Jeff"? Correct - that's because I would like to know answer to below. I have really bad suspicious, that once ppl try to resolve some situation, RT is silent ... and silent ... and silent, and we can here some deep language design issues explanations only sporadically. We saw it already several times here - highly academic discussion of Joel, Ladislav, eariler Elan, and others, long messages, endless reasoning, while maybe one single/simple email of Carl or someone from RT would solve all of the mess here. It's our nature which leads us to temptation to find out how do things work under the hood and once ppl find some kind of inconsistence, they want to know if it is bug, intended behavior, but what we can see very often is - RT is silent or even doesn't reply to feedback issues (except letting bot to assign a feedback ticket number :-) ... I just hope you don't mind I dared to express what others probably think but are too polite to express here :-)
> John Q. thinks that computers can do arithmetic. When he > evaluates 5280 * 12 to tell his inquisitive daughter how > many inches are in a mile, it obligingly tells him 63360 > as an answer. But when he tries to evaluate the expression > 186282 * 60 * 60 * 24 * 365 to tell the same child how many > miles are in a light year, he gets > > ** Math Error: Math or number overflow > ** Where: halt-view > ** Near: 186282 * 60 * 60 > > Poor John Q. is forced to confront the difference between > integers and floating-point numbers, which he probably > never had to think about before. > > John Q. has been typing since high school, and thinks that > an uppercase "A" is just an uppercase "A". Then he hits > upon the fact that #"A" = "A" is false! > > Poor John Q. is forced to confront the difference between > characters and strings, which he probably never had to > think about before. > > And the list goes on and on and on ... > > Therefore, to dismiss a point of view out-of-hand on the grounds > that it is different from the everyday experience of "the rest > of the world" really begins to strain credibility. > > Jeff, I believe I've said many times that I have considerable > respect for all of you at RT and for your accomplishments. Even > though I may not understand all of the design decisions made in > REBOL (or may disagree with some of the ones I understand ;-) > I think it is a fine piece of work, and I hope to see it do well.
The same here. Telling something is wrong should not be regarded being an attack, as it is not :-) Cheers, -pekr-