[San-Diego-pm] Damian Conway... LAST NIGHT!
kst at mib.org
Tue Sep 30 12:13:46 PDT 2008
On Tue 08-09-30 11:35, Russ Schnapp wrote:
> SPECS -- a language nobody has heard of because it was Damian's improved
> syntax for C++, eliminating the pet peeves. He claims the only reason
> it died was because he tried to solve the "=" vs "==" problem by using
> ":=" for assignment -- and everyone knows that this is Wirth's kiss of
> death! (Anybody remember Damian's pun about Wirth? It bothers me
> that I've forgotten it, because I once had to give a presentation to the
> guy, and whatever you heard about him was indeed true!)
I wasn't able to make it to Damian's talk (*sigh*), but the canonical
joke about Wirth is attributed to Wirth himself, and can be found in
his Wikipedia article:
Whereas Europeans generally pronounce my name the right way
('Nick-louse Veert'), Americans invariably mangle it into
'Nickel's Worth.' This is to say that Europeans call me by name,
but Americans call me by value.
Keith Thompson (The_Other_Keith) kst at mib.org <http://www.ghoti.net/~kst>
"We must do something. This is something. Therefore, we must do this."
-- Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, "Yes Minister"
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