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Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]

on Mon, 27 Oct 2003 07:51:17PM -0800, Tom insinuated:
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2003 at 10:36:20PM -0500, Nori Heikkinen wrote:
> > i'm arguing that _neither_ english _nor_ german is perfectly
> > suited to code, since one needs to do some translation to get the
> > sentence into the form in which a human would say it.
> > 
> > on top of that, i'm arguing that _no_ language fits this bill.
> > think about it -- if there were a human language that could be
> > described as easily as a computer language, we would be able to
> > express that human language as a finite state automaton, thereby
> > solving the language problem, and the whole of AI with it.
> > there's a reason we write in a formal, simplified language when we
> > code!
> I believe that.  Pure vulcan logic.  Yet we are confronted with the
> bare fact: people code in english.  

the distinction that's being missed here is that people don't code in
english, people use english words as symbols in their code.  there's a
huge difference.


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