* Mark J. Reed said on 2006-03-26 22:20:21 +0200 > On 3/26/06, Joe <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > I wouldn't equate 'concise' with 'better', with programming > > languages or natural ones. Conciseness in a programming language > > usually occurs at the expense of readability, > > So it's an unfair generalization to say that conciseness in a proglang > occurs at the expense of readibility - even "usually". Verbosity can > actually get in the way of comprehension. To the uninitiated, even a > simple "Hello, world" program in Java is intimidating because of all > the boilerplate required to get it to compile and run. [..] > > Whereas the corresponding program in Perl - the poster child for > illegibility - is a single line that says 'print "Hello, world!\n";'. > The only things you have to explain are the \n and maybe the > semicolon. Can't help myself - in Python that would be 'print "Hello, world!"', not even needing to explain a semicolon or a line shift :) Rexx interestingly uses "say" instead of "print", even more concise. t.