how about language design?

johnl@ima.UUCP (John R. Levine)
25 Mar 86 19:14:56 GMT

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From: johnl@ima.UUCP (John R. Levine)
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Date: 25 Mar 86 19:14:56 GMT
Article-I.D.: ima.172
Posted: Tue Mar 25 14:14:56 1986
Date-Received: 27 Mar 86 14:52:24 GMT
Originally-from: (Darrell Long)

I would like to suggest a topic: language design. Several noted
computer scientists have recently said that language design is
dead. I'm sure that we all have our pet peeves:"Ada is unwieldly"
or "Modula-2 doesn't support exception handling" are examples.

Let's take abstract data-types as an example. Currently,
abstract data-types are all the rage - but no language that I
know of implements them satisfactorily. So, if you had as your
job the task of designing an abstract data-type facility how
would you do it differently?


[I think this is a fine topic for discussion. My language design question
is how you make a high-level language that takes advantage of, as opposed
to tolerates, and underlying segmented data addressing scheme. -John]
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