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On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 04:14, Rick Marshall wrote:
> can't quite believe that you used regex and readability in the same
> sentence ;)
Now that you mention it, neither can I. :-)
> readability i'm sure has a lot to do with familiarity. the brain learns
> to look for patterns, ignore them and then get the content.
Yes. Some computer language designers spend a lot of effort
investigating how the brain recognizes and processes patterns. Sometimes
the results are a bit surprising. (I got my head around Perl 5, but I
don't know how I'll take to Perl 6. Certainly is a lot of interesting
stuff going on over in Perl 6 language design though.)
> i've even heard apl programmers claim readability - and that would have
> to be the ultimate compact language!
I just had a look at an APL tutorial. I'm awed. I thought Perl was