More quotes showing that readable syntax matters
Posted Dec 6, 2012 16:05 UTC (Thu) by david.a.wheeler
In reply to: It's a mistake to ignore the customer
Parent article: GNU Guile 2.0.7 released
Here are some more relevant quotes showing that surface syntax matters to developers:
Lisp has all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings
mixed in. -
Larry Wall, whose Perl language is not known for being perfectly readable, points out that another language is even worse.
After 13 years of doing Lisp and 3 or 4 years of Python, I agree: I prefer writing Lisp, but Python is easier to read. -
LISP: ... mythically from ‘Lots of Irritating Superfluous Parentheses’
- Jargon File
"A language should be designed in terms of an abstract syntax and it
should have perhaps, several forms of concrete syntax: one which is
easy to write and maybe quite abbreviated; another which is good to
look at and maybe quite fancy... and another, which is easy to make
computers manipulate... all should be based on the same abstract syntax...
the abstract syntax is what the theoreticians will use and one or more
of the concrete syntaxes is what the practitioners will use.
John McCarthy, creator of Lisp
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