How would you design the perfect programming language?

Another Quora answer I should be moving here : Phil Jones’s answer to How would you design the perfect programming language?   Well, the obvious way you’d approach it, is start with a reasonable knowledge of using other languages to get a sense for their strengths and weaknesses. And start with some good role models. […]

Future Programming on Quora

Quora has introduced the idea of “spaces”. A kind of “blog” or curated collection of existing answers from different people, to help organize answers around particular themes. I just created a Future Programming Space to gather my answers about various ideas in the future of programming languages. I still intend to move my answers to […]

Are Languages Still Evolving Towards Lisp?

My Quora answer to the question “Is it still reasonable to say mainstream languages are generally trending towards Lisp, or is that no longer true?“ Based on my recent experiments with Haskell and Clojure. Lisp is close to a pure mathematical description of function application and composition. As such, it offers one of the most […]

Questions for 2014 : #3 Programming on Tablets

Third in a series (#1, #2) of questions occupying my mind at the beginning of 2014. Which may (or may not) inform what I’ll be working on. 3) How can we program on tablets? I’m now a tablet user. I became a tablet owner at the end of 2012. For six months I played around […]

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 […]


My software is more or less like Cthulhu. Normally dead and at the bottom of the sea, but occasionally stirring and throwing out a languid tentacle to drive men’s minds insane. (Or at least perturb a couple of more recklessly adventurous users.) However there’s been a bit more bubbling agitation down in R’lyeh recently. The […]