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Guillermo J. Rozas
gjr6765 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 23:40:10 EST 2009
> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 22:04:28 -0500
> From: Jon Wilson <j85wilson at fastmail.fm>
> Subject: Re: [r6rs-discuss] Case sensitivity
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> Guillermo J. Rozas wrote:
>>>> So? It's what people are used to when dealing with computers.
>>>> There are far more computer users out there than programmers.
>>> There are far more people than there are computer users too, so
>>> The identifiers in my code have nothing to do with them either.
>> But to be a computer programmer, you have to be a computer user[*].
>> Since to be a computer user, you must already be used to a case-
>> file system, making the language case-insensitive presents no new
> *cough* I use a computer. Thus I am a computer user. As it happens,
> I'm used to a case sensitive file system.
Yes, and in the original message where I wrote about the file systems,
I already granted that Unix (in general, not the MacOS version) use case
sensitive file systems, but also that most people who use (non MacOS)
Unix are also programmers.
>> Perfect example of 'sample bias'.
> Actually, no. Perfect example of 'sample'. What bias is there in who
> is on the list at any given time?
> Did the pollster somehow magically
> know that people who like case insensitivity would be looking at the
> list at say 5:00 in the evening and avoid that time therefore?
Lack of knowledge does not mean that there is no correlation.
> Furthermore, if the remainder of users who are not on that list "don't
> care about the future of Scheme", then were they to somehow find their
> preferences on that poll, the only real effect would be a pileup of
> ballots under "don't care", since that is, after all, their defining
> characteristic. It seems that, according to your own description, it
> was quite a good random sample of people who think their opinion
No. They might not care about the future of scheme, but they might
caring if you break it for them.
> I really don't know why I keep reading this thread. It is like a
> wreck. You don't appear to care about Scheme much (endless comments
> about how it is not a practical language, how you can't use it for
> anything Real (TM), how it has failed as a language, etc), you
> admit to
> not using it very much at all, and you and Eli seem to be largely
> talking past each other.
That is your prerogative.
A: I care about Scheme. Otherwise I wouldn't read this.
B: As I've said many times, I would love to be able to use it for
anything at work,
but I don't think that is going to happen any time soon, and I
barely have any
time to hack outside of work.
C: 'anything Real(TM)' is your wording, not mine. And I don't
success with reality. In fact, it is partly due to its lack of
commercial success that it
is important to me that it continue to be a good teaching
vehicle. Teaching is
just as real.
> I'd judge both of you trolls, except that I
> know Eli a little, and he is certainly not a troll in general, but one
> of the most competent Scheme users that I am privileged to know.
> You on
> the other hand, I don't know.
As I said, it is your prerogative.
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