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While wasting some time on the web doing some research for my yet-to-be-written minimalist programming language, I found this:

Define "simple". Define "usable". Define Universe, and give three examples. Complexity has to go somewhere. You can push it around a lot, but it has to be somewhere. It could be in the number of language constructs, in the power of the few, simple, generic constructs, or in the code you write to overcome the excess simplicity of the language.

“Define Universe, and give three examples” is now officially added to my repertoire of answers to wrong questions. Finally - no more explaining Mu to everyone! :-)


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The machine thinks that the Web-Log entries By the Way, Tacit Programming in Racket, Part 2, and The German Programming Apprenticeship - A Review might be related to the topic so eloquently discussed above. The machine is sometimes right.