Like most, I read the
Language last week, but didn't have something meaningful to
add, so I didn't comment on it at the time. But it has
Finally it came to me. I disagree about the comments on
parallelism. Much of the excitement in programming languages
these days is around concepts like Continuations and Closures which
are complicated to explain but essentially deal with fast context
Languages like C# are moving towards doing this statically,
Python support for this is available. With Perl 6 it looks
like it is moving from something done 'inside' to something
exposed. And, of course, languages like LISP and Scheme have
always had it.
Some of these attempts may fail, but within a few decades, if
not years, something will emerge in this space. And what will
emerge is parallelism done right.
Sam, are you disagreeing with the statements "One thing that does seem likely is that most opportunities for parallelism will be wasted." and "parallelism won't pervade the programs that are written in a hundred years"? Or with the assertion that the C language lineage is an evolutionary dead end?
I'm just now catching up to Clemens Vasters' post on content pipelines. The kind of architecture that he is describing is precisely the kind of architecture that I'd like to see a next generation RSS aggregator use. On interesting variation on this...
<p>Concurrent programming is the single most difficult systems subject to teach. Not because
the concepts are so difficult, as almost every student gets the basics quickly,
even continuations and closures. What makes it difficult is...
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