[OT] If programming languages were religions...

Mark Smith lists at futilism.com
Sun Dec 21 06:59:56 EST 2008


If we're doing taxonomy of programming languages, then I'd say that   
Revolution is to xTalk as C is to Algol. (if we're talking about  
popularity, there's no comparison).

I also think the religious metaphor is a good joke that seems to have  
been stretched beyond it's breaking point...

Best,

Mark

On 21 Dec 2008, at 02:57, Randall Reetz wrote:

> I think all if you have drank a bit too much of the rev coolaid.   
> This dicussion was about Languages with a capital "L".  Comparing  
> rev on the same level with C is like comparing Islam with sarah  
> palin's local prayer house.  Lets be reasonable please.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Björnke von Gierke" <bvg at mac.com>
> To: "How to use Revolution" <use-revolution at lists.runrev.com>
> Sent: 12/20/2008 4:47 AM
> Subject: Re: [OT] If programming languages were religions...
>
>
> On 20 Dec 2008, at 04:41, Randall Reetz wrote:
>
>> I wish people would use the term xtalk when refering to this
>> language its structure and lexicon both come intact from hypercard
>> and smalltalk before that.  Revenue is a great integration synthesis
>> of xtalk and a cross platform runtime engines, but the language is
>> xtalk all the way in.  Seems only fair.  No?
>
> No. Time for car analogies (Noooo!!!):
>
> If someone comes to the car salesman, and says "I'd want to buy a
> Lexus". Would you argue he'd be better off to say "I'd want to buy any
> car"?
>
> Xtalk is a loose description of  types of languages, which includes
> hypercard as well as Rev. Of course the analogy will break down
> quickly if you ask 10 xtalk followers whether applescript is an xtalk
> language or not.
>
> Describing stuff is always hard, especially with the name trinity of
> RunRev marketing, but using xtalk for just one language will probably
> garner you some internet hate :)
>
> Have Fun
> Björnke
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