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I think Scheme is an excellent name for a language...

2011-10-20T09:08:44.207-07:00

I think Scheme is an excellent name for a language used by people just beginning with programming (like me). It's dark and mysterious. "To scheme" brings up great images of a shady individual who has devised a brilliant plan to achieve some controversial plan. And it's also related to the word schematics, which is one of the all-time coolest words.



Question: How does "Smoosh" sound as a l...

2010-01-09T13:00:21.486-08:00

Question: How does "Smoosh" sound as a lang name?
I'm thinking about making one called "Smoosh", after an obscure reference to a webcomic called ComicJK.



I sometimes get strange looks when I tell people I...

2008-09-19T08:53:00.000-07:00

I sometimes get strange looks when I tell people I'm getting interested in Coq. It may have something to do with the name...



Considering the ignorance which the most of the co...

2008-07-07T03:11:00.000-07:00

Considering the ignorance which the most of the commenting people here present, I understand why the coolness of the name is so important.

Anyone, who actually bothers to think about the nature of a programming language can clearly evaluate the pros and cons of it. I think, that questions like: "How easy is to make a type-related mistake it is?" or "Will the language guide me to write semantically correct programs?" or "Is there any framework which is well suited for my project?" should be made more relevant.

And by the way: Haskell is named after mathematician Haskell Brooks Curry, who worked in the field of combinatory logic and formal systems. Without his work, today we would have programmed in assembler.

If anyone thinks, that what Java offers in terms of type systems and object orientation is good or that it does not matter, that in functional languages it is much easier to write correct programs, it's his fault.



@Ciao Tiago: EMACS came from EDitor MACroS, as it ...

2008-05-30T00:11:00.000-07:00

@Ciao Tiago: EMACS came from EDitor MACroS, as it was origianally a set of macros for TECO.



C# is prononced "C hash" here in England - because...

2008-01-11T18:27:00.000-08:00

C# is prononced "C hash" here in England - because we already have a pound character - the £ sign - on our keyboards.
and the # symbol is called a "hash"


No it bloody well isn't. ;) It's "see sharp", and it always will be.

C#.
C# run ooooookay, I'm going to stop now.



The EMACS name come from the main quasi-modal modi...

2007-12-24T21:46:00.000-08:00

The EMACS name come from the main quasi-modal modifier used on the program:
M-x.

VIM comes from Vi IMproved, which comes from visual (in that epoch that was much visual).

PHP comes from "personal homepage", because that was a set of C and Perl CGI scripts to build homepages.
Later it becomes the most ridiculous "PHP: Hypertext Processor".



Some people who don't like C# call it Db :-).

2007-12-11T05:09:00.000-08:00

Some people who don't like C# call it Db :-).



Can anyone explain to me why Brainfuck is not a mo...

2007-12-04T02:30:00.000-08:00

Can anyone explain to me why Brainfuck is not a more popular language?!



Thanks for the nice post!Free PS3

2007-09-17T10:04:00.000-07:00

Thanks for the nice post!

Free PS3



Loved reading this post!!Good observations :)

2007-07-18T05:36:00.000-07:00

Loved reading this post!!

Good observations :)



Comments on comments: >> Or think of free associat...

2007-07-02T21:47:00.000-07:00

Comments on comments:

>> Or think of free associations people might make. "Code", ... "cool","capable", "competent", "complete", etc... lots of positive things in the English language start with C.

The author has explained in detail at the beginning: it's all associated with "Coke".

>> Xisp. HaXhell. Xalltalk... Nevermind.

So right, the NBL is going to be "XXX".

>> C#maj7. The learning edition could have been C#min7.

Bravo! (And Rachmaninoff's prelude in c#minor is the best application written in it).



[question]Has anyone ever heard it being called "C...

2007-06-20T07:47:00.000-07:00

[question]
Has anyone ever heard it being called "C pound".
[/question]

Yes - http://worsethanfailure.com/Articles/5_years_C-pound_experience.aspx



christopher@11.30AM -> laughing my head off here...

2007-05-23T07:45:00.000-07:00

christopher@11.30AM -> laughing my head off here!!! god damn , thats funny!
;-)



C# is prononced "C hash" here in England - because...

2007-05-23T07:42:00.000-07:00

C# is prononced "C hash" here in England - because we already have a pound character - the £ sign - on our keyboards.
and the # symbol is called a "hash"


coolest sounding: Prolog

uncoolest: its gotta be "Lisp"

pointy headed boss:
"what?!!! you're going to design our online shop in something named after a speech impediment"?



Did Slug cola have cocaine in it? If not it would ...

2007-05-23T03:50:00.000-07:00

Did Slug cola have cocaine in it? If not it would offer another explanation as to why Slug failed. A similar effect can be found in popular programming languages. Take Java, it makes bad programmers feel great because they can write page after page of code that does nothing,(ObjectFactoryFactory anyone). Languages like Prolog, Haskell, Perl, etc.. allow good programmers to cut the guff and solve problems. Bad programmers (who outnumber the good ones by orders of magnitude) feel bad about these languages because they cant solve problems, so like to write reams of NOP code.
Perhaps the way to make a really popular language would be to offer free rocks of crack with the manual.



Weird nobody mentioned Cobol :-)

2007-05-20T12:50:00.000-07:00

Weird nobody mentioned Cobol :-)



Cool, great names for future programming languages...

2007-05-09T11:30:00.000-07:00

Cool, great names for future programming languages:

- Rockefeller
- Capone
- Patton
- Shark
- Fire
- Arrow
- Ring
- Eagle


Example:

Woah, my boss asked me is I could take over the project from Mike, and I said"sure", because Mike used Rockefeller extensively, along with the Capone toolkit (the one where all the class names start with GUN), and I could just bring in my Patton web services, link it with routines written in Shark by Ellie in Financial Services.

Of course, the web server is written in Fire 2.2, with Arrow modules, and uses Ring for dynamic configuration. (Ring of Fire) All this will be hosted on Linux with the Eagle virtual environment manager.



There is not slug article. google for 'worse is be...

2007-05-01T08:10:00.000-07:00

There is not slug article. google for 'worse is better'



Isn't XML defined as Xtreme Machine Language? =D

2007-04-25T06:11:00.000-07:00

Isn't XML defined as Xtreme Machine Language? =D



FWIW, what I wrote was (emphasis added):the first ...

2007-04-19T22:35:00.000-07:00

FWIW, what I wrote was (emphasis added):

the first impression of Slug is of, well, a slimy, oozing insect

I think most people who were considering drinking Slug, way back when, thought "insect", not "mollusk". But I could be wrong. :-)



"I'm guessing all of you reading this were way ahe...

2007-04-19T17:35:00.000-07:00

"I'm guessing all of you reading this were way ahead of me this whole time, so I bet you think I'm pretty dumb"

Indeed; a slug isn't an insect.

The very best programming language name is, of course, Brainfuck, which has the feature of being an accurate description (that is, the name has the feature of being an accurate description of the language; as for the features of the language, the less said the better).



My next programming language will be called "Paris...

2007-04-17T00:39:00.000-07:00

My next programming language will be called "Paris Hilton"



"Nobody ever writes useful code in Forth (yes ther...

2007-04-01T06:39:00.000-07:00

"Nobody ever writes useful code in Forth (yes there is openfirmware etc and that is a testament to what _can_ be done with the language) but Forth people are so fetishistic about FORTH that they don't want to write anything but their own variant of FORTH.."

Forth developers write their own Forths because it's easy and because they're often working with new hardware. In many ways, the new Forths are the "useful code."

NASA uses Forth a lot. Is space exploration "useful?" I doubt you'll find many php forums creeping about the surface of Titan.



Python's name is cool (even if the language is onl...

2007-03-12T09:07:00.000-07:00

Python's name is cool (even if the language is only mediocre) because saying anything bad about Monty Python is banned by international treaty. On the other hand, do I have to point out that Ruby's name is a case of blatant me-too-ism on Perl?