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[REBOL] Re: A Rebol Challenge. The Monty Hall Puzzle

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 17-Dec-2001 12:27

Hi, Sunanda, [SunandaDH--aol--com] wrote:
> I completely agree that a highly compressed program isn't often a > great way to win an argument. But (just to defend myself for a > moment) ... >
No defense necessary (except perhaps on my part for poor choice of wording -- perhaps I should have said "inferences" or "conclusions" instead of "assumptions")! All I meant was that several of the very compact solutions were the *result* of reasoning about the problem, rather than a *record* of the reasoning process itself. In such a situation, a skeptical audience simply shifts its skepticism to the program itself, rather than having its skepticism relieved.
> The best test of a programming language isn't how compact a program > it can write, but (I would claim) how easy it is to write maintain- > able programs in it. But even that tests mainly the design skills > and long-term vision of the programmer. >
Per your following discussion, I believe we'd agree that "ability to guess -- most of the time -- what is likely to change in the future" is an important part of "long-term vision".
> A good test of all of our (and Perl and Matlab) solutions is how > easily can they be modified as various "real world" changes are > required. Almost by definition, we can't know what our programs > will face over there lifetimes, but here are a few of the sort of > things that might beset a Monty simulator: >
> I can see how my solution will naturally extend for some of these; > can be bodged into shape for others; and would be scrapped and > rewritten for the rest. And that's programming! >
A *VERY* interesting and thought-provoking list! Thanks! -jn-