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Author Kelly-Bootle, Stan
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract By the time these belles-lettres reach you, a brand new year will be upon us. Another Year! Another Mighty Blow! as Tennyson thundered. Or as Humphrey Lyttelton (q.g.) might say, "The odious odometer of Time has clicked up another ratchette of entropic torture." Less fancifully, as well as trying hard not to write 2007 on our checks, many of us will take the opportunity to reflect on all the daft things we did last year and resolve not to do them no more. Not to mention all the nice things we failed to do. I have in mind the times when I missed an essential semicolon, balanced by the occasions when inserting a spurious one was equally calamitous. Surely any half-decent computer language should know where my statements are meant to terminate, and then properly redistribute the punctuation provided? The smarter Lisps became good at DWIM (do what I mean), balancing those damned, spurious parentheses. But I digress, having planted a topic known to incite reader feedback.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Queue (QUEUE)
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 1

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Source: ACM Digital Library