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April 08, 2006
I'm groping for a term
here, something like The CSG is mathematically
oriented, in the traditions
"computer science geeks". of the academic discipline
of "computer science".
isn't good enough: that Many programmers come
would imply someone with out of this discipline,
a PhD in the field.) but many others --
like myself -- don't.
The perl culture is
happy to take ideas THE_PERL_AFFAIR
from the "computer
science" culture when
they seem useful,
Larry Wall's but is not itself a
technical part of that culture.
in unix systems There's no
programming, end of
and he often criticism of The computer science
cites the perl that geeks like to pretend
influence of arises out of that their objections
linguistics the CSG to perl are rooted in
on his design culture the hard-edged
of perl. mathematical knowledge
that lies at the heart
An artificial of their discipline.
some concepts My contention is that this
from natural isn't so, and can't be so,
languages. and it's best to think of
it as a cultural mis-match.
Steve Yegge dismisses
this as a "non-argument",
and reveals much about COMPUTER_SCIENCE_PROOF
his own biases in the
He can't perceive it as
an argument, because
it's an argument at a
more fundamental level
than he's used to: it
challenges things he
believes can't be
challenged, but isn't
really sure why.
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