This discussion brought to mind this oldie but goodie...

Thus spake the master programmer: 
``When you have learned to snatch the error code from the trap frame, it will be time for you to leave.'' 
Something mysterious is formed, born in the silent void. Waiting alone and unmoving, it is at once still and yet in constant motion. It is the source of all programs. I do not know its name, so I will call it the Tao of Programming. 
If the Tao is great, then the operating system is great. If the operating system is great, then the compiler is great. If the compiler is great, then the application is great. The user is pleased and there exists harmony in the world. 
The Tao of Programming flows far away and returns on the wind of morning. 
The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. 
The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages. 
Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within the Tao. 
But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it...


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>>> On 7/30/2013 at 11:57 AM, in message <[log in to unmask]>, Peter Schlumpf <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Real coders roll their own programming languages.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Francis Kayiwa <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Jul 30, 2013 10:45 AM
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>Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Python and Ruby
>On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21:24AM -0400, Andreas Orphanides wrote:
>> Whatever; if you're not programming Turing machines made from two rocks and
>> a roll of toilet paper, then you're not a REAL coder.
>H. L. Mencken suffers from the hallucination that he is H. L.
>Mencken -- there is no cure for a disease of that magnitude.
>-- Maxwell Bodenheim