Re: Multiplicity, Change and MV
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 09:12:46 +0300
"Bob Badour" <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> x wrote:
> > I don't see how but I think is this imprecision what allows for the
> > expressiveness of human languages.
> EWD addressed this very issue more than 21 years ago:
Thank you for the link. Have you received my e-mails you requested ?
> consumers from the obligation of being precise by presenting an
> interface too fuzzy to be precise in: by suppressing the symptoms of
> impotence they create an illusion of power."
> In his essay, he refers to "modern elixirs" as languages purported to
> obviate the need for programmers -- a claim I have heard many times by
> Pickies are universally intoxicated by the illusion of power to which
> Dijkstra refers.
e-lix-ir (i lik'suhr) n.
- a sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol
and water containing or used as a
vehicle for medicinal substances.
- Also called <elix'ir of life'.> an alchemic preparation formerly believed capable of prolonging life indefinitely.
- an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metalsinto gold.
I would not see how having more power will make them less programmers :-) Received on Wed Apr 19 2006 - 08:12:46 CEST