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Re: Contest winners
- Subject: Re: Contest winners
- From: Harry Binswanger hb@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 18 Nov 1995 15:45:07 -0500
1. Harry Binswanger submitted XyBasic, a stand-alone programming language
>that compiles to XPL in Xy III+. It's bizarre and it's wonderful -- a
>language you have to learn in order to write in a language you don't want to
>learn. I cut my teeth on Basic (bought or borrowed programs and took them
>apart and rewrote them), so there's a nostalgia factor here. If nothing
>else, Harry gets it for sheer energy and ambition. XPL is an interpreted
>language, and having yet another language that compiles into an interpreted
>language is -- well -- bizarre and twisted. But I say that as a compliment
>given how bizarre and twisted my own programming can be! Harry has managed
>to impose order on a programming system that makes "spaghetti code" look, in
>comparison, like the most structured code in the universe.
Do I get to make an acceptance speech? Cause if so, I want to echo
Sally Field: "now I know you like me, you really like me!"
Seriously, I was delighted to get some recognition for all the work
I put into this thing. *I* know it's good, because I use it
weekly, often daily. But no one in the Xy-savant community seemed
too interested. Their attitude was: what could be simpler and
more intelligible than five screenfulls of code that looks like:
I guess another thing that I didn't realize was the extent to
which BASIC is not in everyone's vocabulary. I thought it was
part of the collective subconscious, but it turns out the parade
has moved on.
Thanks to Tim.
Harry Binswanger interport.net