Perl 6 - the future is here, just unevenly distributed

IRC log for #marpa, 2015-11-28

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20:05 Idiosyncrat Part way through listening to Larry Wall's interview with Leo Laporte: https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation/episodes/225?autostart=false
20:06 Idiosyncrat That book that Larry mentions as a favorite -- Umberto Eco's _The Search for a Pefect Language_ was a gift from me some years ago.
20:07 Idiosyncrat I was moving and culling my books, and on a whim I said, "I'll bet Larry will love this".
20:07 Idiosyncrat Book rate is cheap, so I mailed it to him care of his publisher.
20:08 Idiosyncrat On another point, neither Larry or Leo seem to understand that ambiguity can be exploited in computer languages.
20:08 Idiosyncrat I'd hope Larry might see that, because if you know linguistics (and he knows far more than I ever will ...
20:09 Idiosyncrat you know that, in human languages, the languages we choose and evolve for communicating with each other ...
20:09 Idiosyncrat we make no effect whatsoever to avoid potential ambiguities.
20:10 Idiosyncrat Human languages allow lots of ambiguities and deal with actual ambiguity when and if it arises.
20:10 Idiosyncrat There is simply no reason that computer languages cannot be the same wau.
20:10 Idiosyncrat s/same wau/same way/
20:11 Idiosyncrat It's funny how the kinds of language we take for granted as practical in the context of, say, this IRC channel ...
20:12 Idiosyncrat that if we take some of their techniques and suggest them for computer languages, their use seems bizarre ...
20:12 Idiosyncrat and not because the computer will have any problem, but because we will.
20:13 Idiosyncrat My Internet was very slow when I was listening to the Wall/Laporte interview, but I'll finish it later.
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