OT2: The 'realness' of languages

DunbarX at aol.com DunbarX at aol.com
Mon Dec 22 15:37:24 EST 2008


This is the same issue that went the rounds when HyperTalk came out twenty 
years ago. It wasn't a real language, it was a toy. It was not serious at all. 
And it had limitations, lord knows, so there was some merit to the argument.   
It made sense for private development, but only that. Even the fact that it 
was bundled with each Mac, itself considered a non-serious platform, crippled 
its acceptance into mainstream programming thinking.

It didn't matter that HC revolutionized software, or that it worked, except 
to hundreds of thousands of private developers, but even with us it was always 
a cult, and we were on the defensive, always. Revolution, being so much more 
powerful, tries to overcome this very same mind set by touting ease of use with 
no-limit capabilities. Big difference. But is this enough for smart human 
beings to see, and embrace?

It wasn't last time around. There are an awful lot of people who should have 
learned, and learned to love, HC that never even tried.


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