[erlang-questions] Speaking of comments

Edmond Begumisa ebegumisa@REDACTED
Fri Dec 17 07:02:05 CET 2010

"collaborative [source] editor"

Many things are popping into my head at the same time!

- Edmond -

On Tue, 14 Dec 2010 02:19:05 +1100, Jesper Louis Andersen  
<jesper.louis.andersen@REDACTED> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:19 AM, Edmond Begumisa
> <ebegumisa@REDACTED> wrote:
>> I don't know about using non-ASCII for actual source-code as the author
>> suggests. I'm not a language designer so I have no opinion this (though  
>> in
>> relation to this, I've sometimes wondered about alternatives to  
>> programing
>> languages revolving around English -- it must really irritate  
>> non-English
>> speakers, especially those coming from languages using non-latin  
>> alphabets.)
> If anyone is serious about moving from a ASCII/UTF8 text
> representation of programs to something else, *now* is the time to
> act. One reason I hate Java with a passion is that the language is
> outright impossible to write in Vim or Emacs. You need IDE integration
> which severely limits your options. In other words, you are not free
> to pick your weapon of choice, but must choose something utterly
> inferior like bent spoon or broken stick. Succinctness is power before
> it gives you freedom to choose the weapon.
> However, most of the weapons we use, be it vim or emacs, are rather
> old and this hampers the format by which they can accept code. The
> only way to break that problem is the appearance of a disruptive
> technology which shuns the norm for something new. In this technology
> you can write a collaborative text editor on the web and hopefully
> make it as powerful, or more powerful, than emacs or vim. And only
> then will there be a new weapon to wield - breaking the text-stream
> input norm of programming languages.
> And somehow, even with the emerging new devices and systems, I doubt
> there is a chance it will happen despite.

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