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Feb
23
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@StevenBurnap Pascal is a derivative of Simula, not vice versa.
Feb
23
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@phresnel "Not even maths uses = for assignment" - correct. "maths has no assignment" - correct for secondary school maths only.
Feb
22
comment In what programming language did “let” first appear?
Assembler uses MOV instead of LET from 1954. Isn't it enough?
Feb
22
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RobbieDee It was popular because of its lower level/ easy realization, and in spite of it, the level of universality that was ENOUGH for these times. Then there were enough languages that were more powerful, but they were hard or almost impossible to realize wholely.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RobbieDee And C was done later, than APL, SNOBOL, PL/I, simula, Smalltalk. And it is absolutely primitive in comparison with them.
Feb
21
comment My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?
That sort of people take politeness and sensibility for weakness. The next time he'll come with something much worse. And will be even less eager to listen to opinions. Even now he says that hurting people is fun. If you'll work together with such people you'll have to become a sadist, too, or a masochist.
Feb
21
comment My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?
@hasanyasin But what to do if the boss himself admits that hurting people is fun? I am afraid, that for this very guy any logic argumentation won't work. He is simply a sadist.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RobbieDee For me Assembler, autocode and machine code are not languages, sorry.
Feb
21
comment My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?
@hasanyasin About bug's goodness - It is excellent! I am sad I can't put two upvotes! I'll use it myself, too!
Feb
21
comment My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?
@poolie He has his fun hurting people... I don't think that it has sense to solve any problems with a practicing sadist apart from the dialogue between doctor and patient behind well-holstered doors. He won't understand any logic.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RobbieDee 1. I don't think it was the main reason. But I thing it was a thought at the back. 2. Which languages are lower level than C, sorry? Only don't mention Assembler - it is not a real language, for it substitutes lines to commands 1:1.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@JohnR.Strohm Yes, of course. I have too shortened the sentence. Sorry.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RobbieDee Excuse me, and what is your conclusion?
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@jk. I am suspicious, that when C was invented, it was specially made unconvenient, to divide the IT pro from the wide public.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@jk. I started from Fortran sometimes. So, for me it was strange, too, that what worked in most weak computers, suddenly was hard for more powerful ones. But I am not a system programmer and can't have any argumentation of my own in this question.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@RoryHunter yes, thank you. I wonder, how "inconvenient" for the QA would be SNOBOL or APL. The problem is that for most of programmers the convenience of the user is irrelevant. Even when the user is another programmer. And they do not understand, why somebody makes SW that is up to user's standards instead of being up to to IT standards.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@Aqwis Answer for your own words. What is weird and not. A thing that is set from the babyhood and by maths (natural numbers do not include zero), can not be weird from any side. And what contradicts with it, IS weird. And that you have accustomed to something else, is irrelevant. These languages simply are not made for you or me.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
I agree almost with everything, except p.3. Scientists do not make their languages, they ORDER them. They are clients, users, but not their creators. If somebody is, he/she is already an IT geek. And syntax of any language is questionable, no one is ideal for all tasks.
Feb
21
comment Why are scientific programming languages so weird?
@Aqwis Oh, yes, I already see the baby counting zero, one, two... The most natural way, really.
Feb
15
comment Is Lisp the first language to adopt structured programming?
A good historical a theoretical question. +1. Welcome to Programmers!