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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
A Weblog by Christopher Diggins
Christopher is the creator of the Heron programming language.
B. Scott Andersen
Vladimir Ritz Bossicard
James O. Coplien
Cees de Groot
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jakob Eg Larsen
Robert C. Martin
John D. Mitchell
Eric S. Raymond
Guido van van Rossum
Richard Hale Shaw
July 8, 2006, 7 comments
It appears that you can automatically identify and rewrite any recursive call in a stack based language like Cat, as a loop using a goto statement.
July 4, 2006, 12 comments
When two stacks are better than one. Also an introduction to the type annotation syntax which will be introduced in an upcoming version of Cat.
June 30, 2006, 6 comments
I've just released a new version of Cat, and it is leaner and meaner than ever. There have been syntax changes, and I attempt to provide a brief but useful tutorial.
June 29, 2006, 14 comments
I am examing the meaning of purity with regards to functions in an attempt to close the gap between imperative and functional languages.
June 26, 2006, 46 comments
The myth of functional language "purity" and marking side-effects in a programming language.
June 23, 2006, 4 comments
While working on the Cat to MSIL compiler I ran into some very annoying security features.
June 17, 2006, 9 comments
I have updated the documentation for Cat and released a new version of the interpreter.
June 16, 2006, 3 comments
News about the Heron and Cat programming language, and what is on the horizon.
May 27, 2006, 14 comments
There is now a downloadable interpreter with source for the Cat programming language written in C#.
May 13, 2006, 7 comments
I'm developing a stack based functional language, inspired by the Joy programming language called Cat. What is particularly interesting about Cat is that it is particularly well-suited to optimization.
May 9, 2006, 10 comments
May 4, 2006, 9 comments
Imagine a hypothetical language that compiles to assembly only once all input arrives. It would be ridiculously fast, but somewhat limited since it could only be used as a filter. Is this a worthwhile trade-off?
April 29, 2006, 11 comments
I still don't quite get it, shouldn't every new language support a primitive Reduce() operation in anticipation of the brave new parallel world?
April 13, 2006, 1 comment
Michael Feathers recently suggested that maybe static typing is a form of bad coupling which we could do without. Well in C++ at least you can bridge static typing and dynamic typing.