Why is Konfabulator "Pretty?"
rcozens at pon.net
Mon Dec 5 11:07:33 CST 2005
Bill, Richard, et al:
>Further, any code comparisons between this and the Revolution
>implementations should consider equal feature comparisons:
As I noted in Re: English-like nature of Transcript ?:
>Humans in general tend to strive for "efficiency
And the tendency is to judge program efficiency on the basis of the
number of lines of code required to accomplish a prescribed
task. The premise is "shorter is better."
In recent years, however, some of these programming comparisons have
taken a more realistic tack:
* Programming the original solution is only the first stage of the
competition, and amounts to 30% or less of the total score.
* In Stage Two, the specifications for the software are changed, and
each participant is given some other contestant's code to
modify. The majority of the final score is based on the time it
takes to _modify_ the original source to meet the new specification,
not the number of lines in the modified software.
Code length comparisons alone no longer impress me very much.
Rob Cozens 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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