the field of languages dot dot dot

Sep 18, 2015  

Last year, I spent some time trying out Haskell, Ocaml, Clojure, Dart, Shen, and ClozureCL. I thought I was done surveying the field, but I had barely scratched the surface, and realizing this was quite depressing. There are entire kinds of language paradigms I have no experience of, such as:

  • Forth: All I’ve done is read about people’s experience with it, it has always seemed too alien to me.
  • Smalltalk: I installed Pharo and took the basic “Prof. Stef” tutorial, but then stopped before I could really try anything concrete.
  • APL/J: Never seemed like anything but line noise, but then I read this post on J and saw this video on Dyalog, and I’m curious about it

“The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne” :(