Looking for ugly code comparisons WAS: Slashdotter looking for kids' programming language
katheryn.swynford at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 10:09:07 CST 2008
Except that a child has almost certainly NEVER encountered that dot-joining
that you reference, but HAS encountered "the" rather alot.
On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 3:52 AM, Dave Cragg <dave.cragg at lacscentre.co.uk>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
>> 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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