Tag Archives: languages

June 9, 2011
July 7, 2010

"It is my belief that Apple is definitely working on a new language"

An excellent post on waffle entertaining the idea that Apple is working on a new language to complement Objective-C. Charles Ying from satine.org thinks that a language close to JavaScript would be a good fit, due in part to extensive use of the language in iOS, iAd & iTunes.

It’s a strong theory – and one that I would like to se a reality, given the popularity of C-style syntax and garbage-collected environments. I not a big fan of low-level languages, but crying out for one that is more abstracted than Objective-C is met with a kind of resistance I’ve never really quite understood – a resistance that an Ars Technica article discussing the future of Apple’s languages and APIs explains perfectly:

And so continues one of the biggest constants in software development: the unerring sense among developers that the level of abstraction they’re current working at is exactly the right one for the task at hand. Anything lower-level is seen as barbaric, and anything higher-level is a bloated, slow waste of resources. This remains true even as the overall level of abstraction across the industry marches ever higher.

April 3, 2010

Text file dictionaries

I learned about this just last week: Linux/Unix/OSX operating systems have a built-in English dictionary text file located at /usr/share/dict/words.

December 15, 2009
November 24, 2009

Thoughts on Go

Ongoing discussion at Stack Overflow regarding the language. Seems to be an equal divide of those who like it, those who don’t and those who couldn’t care less.

November 16, 2009

"Unfriend"

Chosen as the Oxford Word of the Year 2009.

“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program.

(via Mashable)