Fri Sep 30 12:11:33 CEST 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard A. O'Keefe" <>
> I wrote:
> > Programs are data. My big complaint about older IDEs is that
> > they encouraged people to think of programs as exclusively something
> > human-written, when our best hope of reliable software is to write
as little of
> > it as possible.
> "Vlad Dumitrescu XX (LN/EAB)" <>
> Is it the IDEs that did that?
Oh, "challenged" is maybe a too strong word :-)
> I still remember someone from Xerox insisting fervently that
> "A program is not a listing!" The Smalltalk and Interlisp-D
> environments were based on the idea that a program is a database
> and that it is a database which programs may populate and
Okay, now I understand what you refer to.
I think there are pros and cons to both approaches. Meta-programming feels
like trying to capitalize on the advantages of both, so it works to
integrate it in some regular language I say, why not?
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