Programming Language Features for Large Scale Software

My Quora Answer to the question : What characteristics of a programming language makes it capable of building very large-scale software? The de facto thinking on this is that the language should make it easy to compartmentalize programming into well segregated components (modules / frameworks) and offers some kind of “contract” idea which can be […]

Wow! Playing with Prolog at the moment. It’s awesome. I seem to have finally achieved some kind of fluency instead of fumbling around without knowing how to drive the thing. It probably helps that Erlang has accustomed me to the syntax and other conventions.

Interesting. Reia’s Tony Arcieri debunks Erlang’s “single assignment” propaganda. I guess someone could argue that once you have multiple assignment you’re going to be more tempted to write a longer chain of actions as a sequence of statements rather than composing it out of multiple functions … and this may be a bad thing. But […]

Follow on from yesterday’s “Python / Haskell crossbreed” post. Both Al “Folknology” and Gleber point me at the Reia programming language. A Python / Ruby like scripting language on top of the Erlang Open Telecom Platform (Erlang’s parallel virtual machine). Very sweet … I’ve subscribed to the mailing list to find out more.