A small pet peeve: the use of goto in written English instead of go to. Is this the legacy of BASIC?
A Usenet posting sent me to a short article by Edsger W. Dijkstra titled Why numbering should start at zero. Now, I have never used a programming language that wasn’t zero-indexed (like Fortran), but neither have I adopted the habit of numbering lists starting with zero. I think the difficulty I have with zero-indexing is… Continue reading Zeroth Post!
Given the task of designing a programming language, which must be exactly defined for engineering purposes, what would a linguist — as opposed to a mathemetician — do?
What would a programming language designed by a linguist look like? [Read more…]