On Thu, Nov 30, 2000 at 11:54:31AM +0000, Simon Cozens wrote:
> I categorically do *NOT* want perl6-internals to turn into a basic course in
> compiler design, purely for the benefit of those who know nothing at all about
> what they're trying to achieve. I'd like Perl 6 to be a masterwork, and
> masterworks require master craftsmen. If you want to partake in compiler
> design, it makes more than a little sense to find out how to do so.
Guh, I shouldn't have said that, because I know exactly what'll happen now:
people will accuse me of being elitist and reactionary and trying to shut
people out who want to help.
Outside my room, some constructors are building a school. I'd like to help.
I'd like to take part in the building; it'll be great! We'll have lots of
classrooms, and a playground, and I think there should be an armoury, because
all good schools have an armoury. Oh, that's military bases; but that doesn't
matter, it should have one anyway.
But for some reason, the constructors don't think much of my plans. They're
saying something about the need for "foundations" or something or other that I
can't understand. Look, it's not my fault I have no knowledge of engineering!
I *really* want to help, and they're trying to exclude me. Horrible, elitist
Are they? Are they being elitist? Of course not. Are they trying to exclude
me? *No*. By my own lack of knowledge and utility, *I* *exclude* *myself*, and
no amount of wanting to help makes up for that.
Think about it.
>Almost any animal is capable learning a stimulus/response association,
>given enough repetition.
Experimental observation suggests that this isn't true if double-clicking
is involved. - Lionel, Malcolm Ray, asr.