Re: Homoiconic relational programming language

From: hoodwill <>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:40:56 -0800 (PST)
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On Mar 8, 5:14 am, Nilone <> wrote:
> Any thoughts, ideas, references - I'd like to hear them.

I've seen a lot of movement towards structured representations of programs (examples can be provided on request), but no proposals to use a relational structure. The projects that are getting anywhere seem to preserve a traditional text-based editing option.

I am generally in favor of relational everything, but I would note that traditionally program text has been consistently hierarchical in structure. Things that can safely stay hierarchical may be things that don't need relational representation.

The relational notion that records have no set physical order, i.e. that order is not important to locating a record, may be another area where there is not a strong fit to programming - where the sequence of commands has traditionally been so important. Received on Mon Mar 08 2010 - 18:40:56 CET

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