[swift-evolution] Beyond Typewriter-Styled Code in Swift, Adoption of Symbols

John Pratt jprattx at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 17:39:07 CDT 2017

Well, here is one question: 100 years from now do you think all computers 
should use vi?

At what point would people ever have anything that ever slightly resembles
something advanced?
Do you ever want anything that
slightly resembles science fiction, ever, in society? Or should everyone be
using vi for the rest of civilization?

> On Aug 30, 2017, at 5:32 PM, Eagle Offshore <eagleoffshore at me.com> wrote:
> While I am in theory a fan of literate programming and enjoy integrated programming environments when they are integrated into a complete literate system (Smalltalk browsers, LISP environments, HyperCard, etc...)...In practice if its just a language and not a complete holistic system, and I can't command the entire thing with God's own editor (I speak of vi - because its "there" and it is the only editor guaranteed to be "there" on any system I am ever likely to try to access), I'm not gonna use it.
> Just my $0.02
>> On Aug 28, 2017, at 7:57 PM, John Pratt via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>> I sent a postal envelope to the Swift team with an article I wrote, arguing that
>> symbols and graphics would push the programming language forward.
>> Wouldn’t it be nice to have an actual multiplication matrix broken out into code,
>> instead of typing, “matrix()”?  It seems to me Swift has the chance to do that.
>> Also: why does "<==" still reside in code as "less than or equal to” when
>> there is a unicode equivalent that looks neat?  
>> Why can’t the square of x have a superscript of 2 instead of having “pow(x,2)?  
>> I think this would make programming much easier to deal with.
>> I expound on this issue in my article:
>> http://www.noctivagous.com/nct_graphics_symbols_prglngs_draft2-3-12.pdf <http://www.noctivagous.com/nct_graphics_symbols_prglngs_draft2-3-12.pdf>
>> Thank you for reading.
>> -John
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