pipe and system building
fabio.filasieno at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 09:41:01 UTC 2007
On Aug 28, 2007, at 11:35 PM, David Mitchell wrote:
> I'm curious,
> would Bert's asPipe work for you.
> It basically lets you treat cascades as pipes.
> Or does it need a syntax change?
Bert's as Pipe in not enough for me .... (even if I think if a
The practical reason is that you don't want to see an exclamation
mark "!" become a question mark "?" just because there was the
asQuestion keyword before.
But my main reason for the pipe is that I want a culture change.
I'd like a more functional Smalltalk.
It's a culture change that I want.
Now. Considering that I'm new in here I do not pretend change happens
I like what I see in squeak: the environment it's a like `a back to
the future`. It's incredible that the industry has not yet learned
the lesson. It's almost 40 years !
But .. there are gray areas.
From a first look at the collection libraries, it seems to me that
there is a LOT of bloat. Really really a LOT.
I bet that Ocaml's collections can do the same things with an order
of magnitude of less of code.
This is bad.
Other minor critics I would do is that while the environment is close
to perfection, it somehow feels like you are in you own magic
wonderland separated from the rest of the world.
I've tried to clearly expose all the arguments of why the pipe could
become the cornerstone of functional compositions in smalltalk AND
the beginning of a new even more powerful Smalltalk... and by the way
the counter arguments were a bit mild or close to non-existent.
Now I'm looking at the Morphic tutorials :-) ... I feel like child
playing with toys
Let me go play now !
Oh, how much fun ! Oh, a child's life ...
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