Richard Coleman <email@example.com> writes:
> I just read a new white paper written by John Ousterhout
> about scripting languages, called
> Scripting: Higher-Level Programming for the 21st Century
> (available at http://www.sunlabs.com/people/john.ousterhout)
> I would encourage everyone in the scheme community to grab
> a copy and read it (it's only 12 pages).
> Although this paper primarily talks about tcl, perl, and
> visual basic, it seems the ideas in this paper definitely
> apply to scheme and scsh as well.
I've looked at the paper, and found it extremely misleading for its
omissions and factual inaccuracies. In particular, I was baffled that
there was no mention _whatsoever_ of advanced languages such as
Scheme, ML, and Haskell--languages that to me seem most promising as
foundations for safe, efficient, and expressive prototyping/scripting
as well as general purpose programming.
If anyone is interested, I can go into detail about everything I found
misleading about Ousterhout's paper. I encourage anyone else who
cares to do the same; perhaps an eventual unified response to
Ousterhout is called for.
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