Looking for ugly code comparisons WAS: Slashdotter looking for kids' programming language
luis at anachreon.co.uk
Fri Dec 12 07:19:53 EST 2008
It all needs a little context to set it off. Do you explain that the
'.' is a joining thing?
What 'text'? Letters? A page?
The 'value/meaning' of all words are context driven, so either start
with an assumption or create one.
On 12 Dec 2008, at 12:11, Phil Jimmieson wrote:
> Maybe we need a synonym for "the ... of me" - how about something
> like "my"?
> put my text into xx
> set my hilite to true
> On 12 Dec 2008, at 12:08, Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:
>> Señor diablo,
>> The child in me agrees; and I was always better at math than reading.
>> Joe Wilkins
>> On Dec 12, 2008, at 3:52 AM, Dave Cragg wrote:
>>> On 12 Dec 2008, at 00:48, Judy Perry wrote:
>>>> I just want to show people
>>>> that you can do things easier -- and certainly easier for a
>>>> child -- in Rev
>>>> than in all those other languages being suggested.
>>> I'll play Devil's Advocate.
>>> There seems to be some assumptions about what is easier for a
>>> child. One of these assumptions is that a "simple English-like
>>> syntax" is simpler than other kinds of syntax. I wonder if that
>>> is not an adult prejudice.
>>> Compare these two ways of representing properties:
>>> the text of me
>>> I'd argue that the second is more visually representative of what
>>> we are trying to express. The dot becomes a "joining symbol"
>>> which is more easily remembered than the strange syntax of space
>>> + of + space. And what on earth is "the" all about?
>>> Perhaps I'm saying that Rev is a great language for old people to
>>> take up. :-)
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