I want to learn a new language...

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Thu Feb 15 16:54:40 MST 2007


On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 at 16:33 -0700, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-02-15 at 16:19 -0700, Bryan Sant wrote:
> > On 2/15/07, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> > > I feel I have to give COBOL a pass because we just didn't know any
> > > better back then.  That, and it was Grace Hopper's baby, and she is
> > > undeniably cool.  Its continued existence is at once a tribute to the
> > > Admiral and a sad state of affairs in the software business.
> > >
> > >                 --Levi
> > 
> > Agreed, Grace Hopper was the bomb.  She used to carry around a length
> > of copper wire in her pocket which she used to remind people that this
> > was how far your data travels in one millisecond.  Hard core.
> 
> On the topic of not knowing better: TeX is also a really horrible
> language. But Donald Knuth is my hero.
> 
> http://blogs.gurulabs.com/stuart/archives/2005/02/i_have_a_new_he.html

Lilypond is a tool created in an era when they should have known better,
but which perhaps might be given a by because it is heavily influenced
by TeX. Lilypond is my hero, in any case. But man what a mess.

-- 
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
 
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the 
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach
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