Is Transcript's English orientation a plus or minus?
rcozens at pon.net
Wed Feb 11 07:55:47 CST 2004
>I wish xTalk had some ADDITIONAL constructs that made it more
>accessible to computer scientists and professional programmers.
>Both because without them xTalk look amateurish, and therefore less
>likely to be used by professionals, and because it would make it
>significantly easier to port code from other languages to xTalk.
>It's that simple. This isn't an either or proposition. Adding
>support for "x = 1" would have no impact on the RR IDE.
Good morning, Frank,
* I think any knowledgeable computer scientist and professional
programmer looking to adopt a new platform should personally check
out the relative capabilities of the platform to assure themselves
they are getting the tool they need to do the job they want to do.
Capabilities are more important than syntax, and those who wish to
believe the negative portrait the press has painted of HyperCard
without checking for themselves are the losers.
* As someone else mentioned, "x = 1" already has meaning in xTalk: it
is true if x is 1 and false if x is some other value. And how does
"x=1" help anyone who hasn't previously used C? Maybe it should be
"x := 1" for Pascal programmers; or how about "x = 1;" for PL/1
Anyway, the issue is one of opinion, and yours is as good or better
than this foole's. Still, my opinion is HyperTalk, & all xTalks by
extension, have received invalid criticism by reviewers that don't
have a clue as to its power and capabilities, and potential users who
buy into that criticism without checking for themselves are doing
themselves a disservice.
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."
from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)
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