Re: [wmii] Inferno/Styx - why wmii is in C and is part of the Anti-Matrix

From: Uriel <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 11:44:05 +0200

On 5/17/06, Jani H. Lahtinen <> wrote:
> ext Anselm R. Garbe wrote:
> >But I cannot imagine an abstract Object-Model-like computer.
> >
> >
> That would be an oxymoron anyway: you cannot have an abstract machine.
> Machines are concrete things. OO is more about design of software than
> about machines and languages, or should be at least.
> I would not say that C is the most perfect language in existence. It is
> fine for doing low level things, an os kernel for instance, but it is
> not God's gift to mankind. Limbo is fine, but C is not Limbo. If you ask
> me I like Forth better than C.

C is a very nice portable assembler, certainly as close to perfect as
I can imagine, but I like Forth too. As high level general purpose
languages Limbo and Scheme are probably my favorites, still not far
enough down the Erlang path to tell if I will add it to the list, but
so far it seems very interesting and well thought out.

And one should never forget the power and simplicity of special
purpose languages like AWK, if a good special purpose language exists
for the kind of problem you are dealing with, it will always be much
better than even the best general purpose language. Remember,
simplicity overrules generality.

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