Re: ID field as logical address

From: Brian Selzer <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:19:28 -0400
Message-ID: <4CRVl.31532$>

"David BL" <> wrote in message
> On Jun 4, 3:11 am, paul c <> wrote:
>> When it comes to people who prefer imperative programs because they can
>> see no other way, it ends up meaning religious.
> If someone (even very intelligent) /always/ prefers an imperative
> style it suggests both ignorance and a closed mind. I guess you could
> call that attitude "religious" - although I wonder whether it's better
> to reserve that word for blind faith in something unknown rather than
> what's known.
> I find the different styles of writing programs fascinating, and wish
> I understood better when and why one approach is simpler than
> another. I certainly don't believe that an imperative style is always
> inferior. Sometimes an ordered sequence of state changes is exactly
> what is appropriate - just like when following a cooking recipe. In
> some situations expressing a sequence of steps indirectly using
> logical declarations as constraints can increase complexity.
> I also don't believe that a program should restrict itself to one
> style. An ideal language is simple yet supports a wide range of
> styles. Unfortunately these appear to be conflicting aims.

One shouldn't use a screwdriver to drive a nail, nor a hammer to drive a screw. While it may be possible to do it, there is a significant risk of screwing things up. Received on Thu Jun 04 2009 - 17:19:28 CEST

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