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*To*: "Robby Findler" <address@hidden>*Subject*: Re: Vectors as functions*From*: address@hidden*Date*: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 01:36:53 -0400 (EDT)*Cc*: address@hidden*Importance*: Normal*In-reply-to*: <200308150336.h7F3aErQ208596@pimout5-ext.prodigy.net>*References*: <20030814170153.80D4B6BEDE@laime.cs.uchicago.edu><AA236D25-CEA2-11D7-B 291-0003938EB888@web.de> <16188.3934.267729.188080@cs.brown.edu> <32783.141.154.13.159.10609077 24.squirrel@stuff.hrnoc.net> <200308150336.h7F3aErQ208596@pimout5-ext.prodigy.net>*Sender*: address@hidden*User-agent*: SquirrelMail/1.4.0

> One of the best things about this list is that people here realize that > such purely theoretical concerns are not the only ones that matter. I guess I don't belong on this list then? I think you are overlooking the perspective that ultimately, theoretical can be very practical. For example, there is a school of thought that orthogonal systems are more flexible and useful than non-orthogonal systems (Scheme versus Java or C++, for example). If true I think it is useful and relevant to pursue such questions. > Also, it's not just the special syntax (altho it is very important) -- > it's also the fact that vectors cannot be confused for other types > (either statically or dynamically); the abstraction is unbreakable. I think I need some elaboration of your point here: doesn't the special syntax provide that lack of confusion? Are you talking about the syntax as an aid to the language in addition to the programmer?

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Vectors as functions***From:*Shriram Krishnamurthi <sk@cs.brown.edu>

**Re: Vectors as functions***From:*Robby Findler <robby@cs.uchicago.edu>

**Re: Vectors as functions***From:*Pascal Costanza <costanza@web.de>

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**Vectors as functions***From:*Shriram Krishnamurthi <sk@cs.brown.edu>

**Re: Vectors as functions***From:*Robby Findler <robby@cs.uchicago.edu>

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