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On Programming Languages

2 Oct 2010

Steve Yegge’s Whirlwind Language Tour from 2004 is one of the best posts on programming languages I’ve read in a while.

All of computing is based on abstractions. You build higher-level things on lower-level ones. You don’t try to build a city out of molecules. Trying to use too low-level an abstraction gets you into trouble.

We are in trouble.