concatenative languages (was: selfing Self)
Jecel Assumpcao Jr
Thu Mar 29 09:33:02 2001
On Wednesday 28 March 2001 17:23, Billy Tanksley wrote:
> From: Jecel Assumpcao Jr [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >contributors to Tunes) for many years. He designed a RPN prototype
> >based language that was more Self-like than Kevo was, and has
> > tinkered
> All right, I'm interested. I've been looking for this kind of stuff.
> If he'd like to talk about it, the egroup at
> wants to hear. They discuss stack language theory, AKA
> 'concatenative' models of language, as opposed to the
> currently-popular 'lambda' model. If anyone knows anything more I'd
> like to hear about it.
I am sending him a copy of this.
While I am a big fan of functional languages and agree that Joy is an
improvement over FP (no more argument unpacking/packing), I think
lambda is easier for people to learn. An interesting project at the
federal university of Santa Catarina (southern Brazil) had the opposite
conclusion - they felt that children learned their AABC object oriented
language more easily due to its total lack of variables. It was a sort
of "Logo meets Forth" :-)
> >-- Jecel