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nice to see another filker on here :)

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good on them for not just replacing it with "wtf m*c os"

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lewis thomas. combined solid science and excellent writing.

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the language has always been beautiful and a pleasure to use, but the surrounding aspects like a good stdlib, build system and package manager were pretty bad, and have only been improving in the last few years. and now that things have improved in that direction, the lack of good multicore support weighs against it. it's still a great language though, and as a casual user i'm pretty optimistic about its future.

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Another problem is the lack of marketing.

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nice. however a more scalable approach would be a metabug site where people could post "it doesn't work" freeform text, and volunteers could accept a bug and resolve it when they had refiled it with the correct project.

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uh, I think they made that, and called it StackOverflow

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You do know that's nowhere near being the purpose of StackOverflow, right?

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heh, yeah, was a snarky joke, and in hindsight not my best

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Well, first to take the stackexchange and form BugOverflow wins :).

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getsatisfaction.com

Launchpad.net

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millay and kipling. very different poets, but both resonate very strongly with me.

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if you want to read a nice example of inform7 code, emily short's "computers" is wonderfully readable. also as a self-contained piece of code implementing a single object, it's easier to grasp than a full game would be.

http://inform7.com/extensions/Emily%20Short/Computers/index....

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minor nitpick - even if "OCaml has no equivalent of Haskell's Ordering or SML's order types" there is Pervasives.compare. it returns {0,-1,+1} rather than {EQ, LT, GT}, but you can still say

    match compare x v with
    | 0 -> ...
    | 1 -> ...
    | _ -> ...
with the minor wart that since compare returns an int, you need to match the last case with a default to prevent the compiler from warning you about possibly not matching other int values.

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reminds me of planarity; same sort of appeal.

bug report: the web version does not work on mobile (chrome for android), though it does if i request the desktop site.

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* bronowski's "the ascent of man"

* hofstadter's "metamagical themas"

* the entire discworld series

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