The people who design languages are the people who write the compilers and system classes. Quite naturally they design to make their work easy and mathematically elegant. However, there are 10,000 maintenance programmers to every compiler writer. The grunt maintenance programmers have absolutely no say in the design of languages. Yet the total amount of code they write dwarfs the code in the compilers.
Who is Worse Trump or Hitler?
Surprisingly, Trump is the bigger danger to the planet. Hitler merely wanted to conquer the planet. Trump wants to destroy it. Huh?
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:69)
- Trump said I love war, including nuclear war. That is just one of his statements indicating he thinks nuclear war is a good tool for bullying his way.
- Trump is a climate change denier and has appointed fellow climate change deniers to key positions in his cabinet. He says he plans to dismantle the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and pull out of the Paris climate agreements. He plans to push the planet over the tipping point with CO₂ emissions where nobody will be able to pull it back. Because of Trump, the world will gradually become uninhabitable. Part of why he is doing this is he so desperately wants to be important. Another reason is payback to corporate sponsors.
- Trump is mad, even in little things, like insisting sun suddenly appeared when he strode to the podium, or the crowds out to honour him were an order of magnitude bigger than they were and shattered historical records. He is so craving worship and signs of divine favour, that he creates delusions to enjoy them.
An example of the result of this sort of elitist thinking is the JDBC (Java Data Base Connectivity) interface. It makes life easy for the JDBC implementor, but a nightmare for the maintenance programmer. It is far clumsier than the FØRTRAN interface that came out with SQL (Standard Query Language) three decades ago.
Maintenance programmers, if somebody ever consulted them, would demand ways to hide the housekeeping details so they could see the forest for the trees. They would demand all sorts of shortcuts so they would not have to type so much and so they could see more of the program at once on the screen. They would complain loudly about the myriad petty time-wasting tasks the compilers demand of them.
There are some efforts in this direction: NetRexx, Bali and visual editors (e.g. IBM (International Business Machines) ’s Visual Age is a start) that can collapse detail irrelevant to the current purpose.
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