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Subject: Re: APL

Author: Robert Pope

Date: 08:10:20 01/18/99

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On January 17, 1999 at 00:22:38, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>>>example:  I teach a programming language course and cover some esoteric things
>>>like APL, prolog, etc.  And when I assign a program in (say) APL to students,

Someone actually teaches APL?  Wow!  I just assumed that we were all self-taught
with "APL made easy" :)

When I first started learning it, I toyed with the idea of APLChess because of
its array processing abilities, but soon junked the idea because each element
would be 2bytes instead of 1bit.  Correct assumption?

I had to laugh when you mentioned the programs written in APL, but with C
syntax.  I did just that when first learning it.  Then my manager wrote his own
version in "proper" APL and showed it to me.  It was pretty humbling since I
considered myself a pretty fair programmer.

There's just no comparison between a novice's and expert's capabilities when
dealing with something that requires a different mindset.  I wouldn't be
surprised at all to see this apply to bitboards, as well, and not just APL.


Rob Pope

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