OT: Punctuation-starved Programming Languages
dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Wed Jun 21 13:43:29 CDT 2006
Brian L. Stuart wrote:
>> From: Sean Conner <spc at conman.org>
>> But that
>> aside, I can only think of a few that did not rely upon punctuation that
>> much. COBOL is one (although I don't know it well enough to say).
> When Grace Hopper spoke at one of the National Computer Conference
> Founder's Days, she mentioned some things about COBOL syntax
> that I thought were rather insightful. She said there are two kinds of
> people in the world.
- those who think there are two kinds of people in the world
- those who don't!
> There are those of us who are basically
> mathematicians, and we like to replace words with symbols. Then
> there are the non-mathematicians who want to describe symbols
> in words. COBOL was created for the latter group.
Unfortunately, the former type ends up creating products
that the *latter* type have to use! (which, perhaps, explains
why so many products are poorly designed?)
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