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[REBOL] Re: [why-REBOL] Pros and Cons / what's so special

From: g:santilli:tiscalinet:it at: 24-Jun-2004 12:18

Hi bry, On Thursday, June 24, 2004, 10:01:51 AM, you wrote:
>> PARSE (and all that it implies)
bic> I'm curious what do you consider to be an 'implication' of Parse? When I think bic> of implication in the context of a programming language I do not think of bic> implied uses for parts of the language, but implied ideas about the problem bic> domains to which the language is applied and bic> implications about the nature of bic> programming itself. PARSE is an example of what the other languages do not have - dialect. PARSE is a dialect to build dialects too, so it's not like "hey I have this cool module to parse strings". It's the concept, not the function --- other languages are not value-based do they can't have PARSE.
>> protocols
bic> this is something that I think libraries, if included in the distribution of bic> the bic> language, can give equivalency to rebol's. bic> that I might have to do an import statement to use that library doesn't really bic> bother me. Same here --- it's the concept of a PORT as a series abstraction. Some languages have similar things but they are not as simple and general.
>> human friendly syntax
bic> this is a mirage, to do simple things yeah like send [bry--itnisk--com] 'hi', my Wrong, it's not the "scripting language" syntax to be "human friendly". Not all humans are programmers so that wouldn't be that useful. It's the values that have a human friendly syntax. How do you write a date in other languages? How do you write a URL? See, most languages do not have the concepts at all either.
>> reasonable size
bic> do you mean reasonable size in the size of the language implementation, don't bic> know if that matters for most things, if you mean reasonable size in the bic> context bic> of the amount of code one has to write to do things yes this is always a bic> benefit. Both. The size of the interpreter shows how elegant its design is. An elegant design is ALWAYS a benefit. Regards, Gabriele. -- Gabriele Santilli <[g--santilli--tiscalinet--it]> -- REBOL Programmer Amiga Group Italia sez. L'Aquila --- SOON: