November 18th, 2000

Lord Yupa

A comparison of programming languages.

C is a weakly typed language. It will happily place the rope around your neck for you, if you want to hang yourself, but it will also be more flexible than most others.

C++ is a little stricter, it will take the rope, put it in a locked drawer, then put the key in your pocket for you.

Perl, is a language where you will never know if you're doing something the 'right way' because there are always at least three dozen alternate ways to do what you're doing, and no one knows which is best. Your rope will end up with a lot of unusual knots, and you won't be able to untangle it.

Lisp (including Scheme) will turn your brain into boiling mush while you're trying to learn it (and give you a head smashed into brick wall, repeatedly, type headache), and become one of the most flexible and powerful languages ever created once you've demushed your brain. It will tell you that it's given you a piece of rope, but you can't actually see the rope, and the rope is defined recursively in terms of itself, with your hanging defined recursively in terms of that.

Then you have Pascal. Pascal is a strict language. It will take the rope, lock it in the drawer, and won't give you the key.

There's also Ada. Ada is the iron clad bitch language, which won't even acknowledge the existence of the rope. ;-)
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Old friends...

Well, tonight is shaping up fairly decently.

I just got a call from one of my best friends, Sarah Orley, who goes to school 3 hours away, and who I very rarely see anymore. She's in town for Thanksgiving now, and we might go out and do something later on. If not, we'll prolly hit Subway tomorrow.

She's a total sweetheart, and truly one of my best friends. I'm gonna try to get her to join LiveJournal when I talk to her, too. ;-)

I figure, since I hardly see her, it'd be a good way for us to keep in touch. And, especially if I get that IBM Internship, I'll be in New York for 5 months, so I definitely won't see her much then...or anyone else. Come to think of it, I might go ahead and try to get most of my friends signed up on LiveJournal soon.
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petfish said she hasn't posted anything squishy today, so I'm posting a squishy for her! Everyone, give petfish a squishy! ;-)
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