[XML-DEV Mailing List Archive Home] [By Thread] [By Date] [Recent Entries] [Reply To This Message]

Re: Weighing in on XSL / Standards

  • From: John Cowan <cowan@l...>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 17:02:21 -0400

appletmagic
David Megginson wrote:

> Paul Prescod would probably tell us that Python is 100 times simpler
> than C; personally, I'd suggest that any programming language with
> garbage collection is automatically 10 times simpler than one without,
> especially for newbies.

In some ways Standard C++ is simpler than pre-standard, because
one can avoid the low-level C stuff for which O-O replacements
are now available.  There was a column in C/C++UJ to that effect
recently.
 
> Isn't ADA 100 times more complex than Standard C++, or were the people
> who told me that just disgruntled?

Hey, hey!

	Everything Java does, Ada does better,
	Everything Java does, Ada can do!

See Tucker Taft's paper on AppletMagic, the Ada 95 compiler for
the JVM, at http://www.appletmagic.com/ajpaper/index.html .
I especially like this remark from the Conclusion:

# [W]ith one applet that we translated, after implementing full
# constraint checking in the Ada to Java compiler, we immediately
# began to reap the benefits of Ada's notion of range checks.
# The first Constraint_Error that was raised identified a small
# error in the hand translation from the original Java applet
# into Ada. After fixing that error, the next Constraint_Error
# raised identifed a deep logic error in the original Java applet,
# which ultimately turned out to be due to
# the randomization mechanism used to initialize the game. 

Ada and Algol 68 have both gotten an undeserved bad rap for
complexity, mostly due to the complexity of the *documentation*.
Both made some mistakes (structural equivalence in Algol, 
hardwired multitasking in Ada), admittedly.

-- 
John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@c...
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i...
Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1
To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message;
(un)subscribe xml-dev
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message;
subscribe xml-dev-digest
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)


PURCHASE STYLUS STUDIO ONLINE TODAY!

Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!

Buy Stylus Studio Now

Download The World's Best XML IDE!

Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!

Don't miss another message! Subscribe to this list today.
Email
First Name
Last Name
Company
Subscribe in XML format
RSS 2.0
Atom 0.3
 

Stylus Studio has published XML-DEV in RSS and ATOM formats, enabling users to easily subcribe to the list from their preferred news reader application.


Stylus Studio Sponsored Links are added links designed to provide related and additional information to the visitors of this website. they were not included by the author in the initial post. To view the content without the Sponsor Links please click here.

Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Trademarks
Free Stylus Studio XML Training:
W3C Member
Stylus Studio® and DataDirect XQuery ™are products from DataDirect Technologies, is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation, in the U.S. and other countries. © 2004-2013 All Rights Reserved.