OT: Punctuation-starved Programming Languages
dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Wed Jun 21 17:42:05 CDT 2006
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 6/21/2006 at 2:34 PM jim stephens wrote:
>>>> This looks a lot like SQL... Do you know if SQL was based on Pick?
> Aren't most database query languages fairly punctuation-poor when compared
> to general-purpose programming languages? I'm thinking of one of early
> examples--MEDLARS. I seem to recall very little punctuation in the query
> language used there.
That depends. For example, SQL requires a terminating semicolon.
And, uses parens in many cases. Plus commas, etc. And, of course,
any expressional notation uses typical punctuation.
SELECT book, author FROM titles
WHERE isbn_publisher(book) > isbn_publisher('1-234-56789-X'::isbn);
Plus, the "programming language" variants of those "query
languages" are almost as punctuation-rich as typical languages.
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