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Date: 2001-06-06 (21:08)
From: John Max Skaller <skaller@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ocaml complexity
William Chesters wrote:

> The really big cultural shift is to think in recursive not iterative
> terms.  

	I don't agree. It does take time to learn to use
recursion and inductive data types effectively, but they
exist in C++ too.

	The really BIG culture shift, in my opinion,
is something much simpler: syntax. I think humans,
particularly experts, can read programs by high speed
unconscious pattern matching that is _highly_ sensitive
to syntactic form, and even lexicology. 

	Just try reading C++ or Ocaml which is not sensibly 
indented to see what I mean, or switch the colours around
in your favourite colourizing editor to get immediate
vertigo and loss of comprehension.

	Or have a look at the arguments about which
operator to use for some feature. Syntax is more
important than most of us think.

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