introspection (and Perl 6)

Matt Sergeant msergeant at
Thu Jan 24 00:26:40 GMT 2008

On 23-Jan-08, at 5:03 PM, chromatic wrote:

> In conclusion, here are some select quotes from @snob[0] (I hope  
> "my @snob :=
> @Larry" is sufficiently clear in context) regarding learnability  
> versus
> expressiveness from OSDC::Israel almost two years ago:
> 	With a natural language you learn as you go. You know, you learn  
> it once and 	
> 	use it many times. So, you should optimize for expressiveness and  
> not for 	
> 	ease of learnability. Learnability is OK, but expressiveness is  
> more 	
> 	important.

Well honestly I disagree with Larry here. Frankly learnability is  
VASTLY important for a programming language. Not just in terms of  
being able to read it, but in terms of that language's success. I  
don't want to learn a language I can't get a job in.

I'm not saying Perl6 is that way - I haven't written any code in it  
either. But the examples I see on the web don't inspire confidence.


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