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Re: Mma language

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  • Subject: [mg6795] Re: Mma language
  • From: daiyanh at (Daitaro Hagihara)
  • Date: Sun, 20 Apr 1997 01:50:34 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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Hi Xah,

Just comments.  Both Mma and Lisp follow the concept of unified data and 
function as described by Church/Turing.  The former taking the functional 
approach, and the latter the data approach.  Clearly there are some areas 
that Mma handles but Lisp can't, and vice versa.  I wish I could have not 
just the best of both worlds, but instead a superset of both.  And I'm not 
naively asking for it.  BTW, your Mma site is super!

Daitaro Hagihara

In article <5iv9l3$nsl at>, Xah Lee <xah at> wrote:

> The mma programing language is such consistently designed beauty that most
> of us have come to love. My question is, why isn't there a language with
> similar syntatic facilities like mma? I do not know any lisp family, but
> from my readings that I think that even lisp do not compare to mma in
> elegance. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
> I'm learning Java. I cannot help glowering that its syntax is without any
> perceptible unifying structure. Exceptions abound on many different levels.
> Its syntax is a screw up just like C and many other languages.
> I don't have any studies in computer science. Any comments welcome.
>  Xah
>  xah at
>  Mountain View, CA, USA

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