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Re: Wolfram User Interface Research?

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  • Subject: [mg87994] Re: Wolfram User Interface Research?
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:36:53 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <fuhfdc$ihb$1@smc.vnet.net> <fuhrka$s88$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <fuhrka$s88$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Will Robertson <wspr81 at gmail.com> wrote:

>  it can be tempting to chain inscrutiably long commands
> together and create an unreadable mess --- 

As was the case, oldtimers will recall, with IBM's APL ("A Programming 
Language"), which allowed you -- in fact, more or less compelled you -- 
to write incredibly powerful, but totally inscrutable single line 
programs, leading to the now classic phrase "Write once -- read never", 
since one day later even the original coder couldn't figure out how his 
or her code worked.


> together and create an unreadable mess --- but of course, if you did
> exactly the same thing with the FullForm equivalents then the result
> would be just as hard to read, if not more so.

Don't agree with you on this -- but nonetheless will take your further 
comment to heart and go off and finally learn how to use @ .


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