This is what it actually says

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 10 05:12:25 EDT 2010


  On 10/04/2010 11:52, Peter Alcibiades wrote:
>
> I broke out in a cold sweat when I saw this:
>
> Its a common reaction among C neophytes, its because you had failed to
> declare your variables.  If it happens again, splash some cold water on your
> face, sit down, declare your variables, and you'll feel a whole lot better!
>
"sit down and eat your vegetables" . . . Mmm . . . takes me back to a
summer visit with my Granny in Dundee . . . who . . . believed that it
was good to boil vegetables until they had no taste and no nutritional
value left: end result - have just eaten a raw carrot and a raw turnip
(washed down with black coffee) for my breakfast: try it; sets one up
for the day! Certainly, having risen from my lumpy bed in a lumpy
mood, a little bit of crudité makes me "feel a whole lot better".

And, for all I know. RunRev may look a "bit raw" to the self-appointed
gods of computer programming. I, for one, don't have any great
pretensions to divinity in that area (nor any other, come to think of
it, ha, ha).

Personally I would rather risk "breaking a tooth" on the crunchy
exterior of RunRev that do a "back to the future" with Objective-C,
which reminds me of PASCAL 5 in a funny sort of way . . . in fact in
such a funny sort of way that I would rather leave it, along with
the memory of Granny's "biled greens" in the reasonably
long-forgotten past. Although, to be fair, Granny also kept me
well-supplied with mixed-boilings and the Beano.

Programming-qua-programming I can see no obvious advantages
in using Objective-C over RunRev; if, however, it can do the things
on Linux that RunRev can do on Mac and Windows but cannot on
Linux I may well have to control my gag reflex (wow, traumatised
by PASCAL) and chomp on down.

I really do feel (as I'm sure quite a few other folk must too) that I
have invested a serious amount of time and effort getting up to
some sort of speed with RunRev; and, as you, Peter, pointed out;
age gets in the way; and I really don't have the time, the money,
or the Mojo (???) to do 'that' all over again with Objective-C.

Frankly, I would much prefer (but Ah jalouse naebody's clappin
their gully lugs til ma scrievins) if RunRev for Linux could be
'sorted out' - and by that I mean brought exactly up to par
with the Win and Mac versions (I wonder how many times I
am going to scrieve that before . . . ).

Now: if somebody could help me with some sort of a Wildcard
method for Unicode I would be a considerably happier
person!

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.



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