Books for the NOC guys...
lowen at pari.edu
Fri Apr 2 16:08:35 CDT 2010
On Friday 02 April 2010 04:08:03 pm Michael Dillon wrote:
> If someone wanted to play the game and trump me, then they would
> quote the title of another book, or at least a substantial website
> tutorial, that uses another programming language.
I wish I could reply to this yesterday.... Then, I would have simply pointed
to http://www.catb.org/~esr/intercal/intercal.ps.gz and let that hang out
there for a while. One of the finest examples of a write-only language.
Or, better yet, I could point you to a non-April 1st CGI programming example:
Please at least look at that last link even if you already know better than to
read the PostScript document at the first link. Look at where the CGI example
came from, and consider doing something like rancid in either of those two
languages. There is worse out there than perl. Also consider that the second
link was originally written for VAX/VMS.
I've personally used expect (and the tcl underpinnings) for a number of years,
but I wouldn't call it very readable. If you want to force people to write
things that are readable, choose COBOL. See
http://theamericanprogrammer.com/books/books.cobol.shtml for a list of
Having said all that, I'll agree with Michael on using Python, as it is very
readable even when you try to obfuscate it, thanks in no small part to the
whole 'indentation is significant' design decision.
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