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To: jejones
I know, I know - I just couldn't resist the pun ;)

You have it to thank for most current programming languages being easier to parse than, say, FORTRAN or COBOL, whose design wasn't influenced by formal language theory and whose syntax is perverse and irregular.

How quickly we forget John Backus's important and independent work in formal languages ;)

29 posted on 09/12/2002 7:23:52 AM PDT by general_re
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To: general_re
How quickly we forget John Backus's important and independent work in formal languages ;)

Yeah, but...to quote a biography of Backus,

After FORTRAN, Backus turned his focus to other elements of computer programming. In 1959, he developed a notation called the Backus-Naur Form.
What a difference it would have made had it been the other way around! (DO 100 I = 1.10, anyone?)
31 posted on 09/12/2002 7:47:58 AM PDT by jejones
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To: general_re; Cultural Jihad; tcostell
I posted this on other boards. It appears that Chomsky does have a few libertarian/Libertarian supporters. Bizarre.
34 posted on 09/13/2002 10:22:37 AM PDT by EveningStar
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