[self-interest] APL class projects

tb at tcltalk.ath.cx tb at tcltalk.ath.cx
Fri Feb 18 18:24:43 UTC 2011

Casey Ransberger schrieb:
> In linguistics there was a longstanding debate about whether or not the
> languages one spoke affected what sorts of thoughts were available to
> one; it was a big theme in Orwell's 1984, for example. 
> Before Ruby and then Smalltalk, (until Ruby I hadn't really looked at
> any functional programming seriously,) I wouldn't know how to use a
> closure. I might not even have known the term. 
> In general it seems that linguists have largely abandoned this notion,
> but it sure does seem pertinent to programming, doesn't it?

IMO it does, definitely. It's a matter of categories. The Inuit had more
than twenty words for snow, because they where in need of a detailed
description of their environment to survive.


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