My Meeting C++ Keynote video is now available

Walter Bright newshound2 at
Mon Jan 14 07:50:32 UTC 2019

On 1/13/2019 9:31 PM, Paul Backus wrote:
> Scheme is probably the language that takes this idea of a minimal "core 
> language" with powerful metaprogramming facilities the furthest, and the result 
> is a fragmented ecosystem that makes writing portable, non-trivial programs 
> close to impossible. (See "The Lisp Curse" [1].)
> When something like an object system is made part of the language (or at the 
> very least, the standard library), it becomes a focal point [2] that the 
> community can coordinate around. Due to the diverse, distributed nature of any 
> programming-language community, trying to coordinate through explicit 
> communication is not really a viable option, so having these kinds of focal 
> points is very important if we want to be able to work together on anything.
> [1]
> [2]

Interesting cites, which provide a basis for why I've opposed AST macros, and 
why Ddoc and unittest are builtin (and a few other things).

Also, before std::string came along in C++, everyone invented their own string 
class, and as a result, nobody could share code.

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