Whither Tango?

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org
Fri Feb 19 19:31:42 PST 2010

Justin Johansson wrote:
> Nick Sabalausky wrote:
>> "dave eveloper" <tango at land.net> wrote in message 
>> news:hlm402$1mr0$1 at digitalmars.com...
>>> Ezneh Wrote:
>>>> So, it is not better to find a compromise between these libraries ?
>>>> Why they have to be "two" libraries rather than one which was 
>>>> designed by larsivi, Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu ?
>>> I haven't seen larsivi around lately. Is it possible that there's a 
>>> communication problem? Perhaps a personality mismatch?
>>> Because of silly symbol names like 'retro' I think there's more 
>>> reason for someone to not like Phobos. Bearophile also always reminds 
>>> us that a proper closure inlining support would make collection 
>>> algorithms as fast as the ugly string template hack Phobos. That way 
>>> you wouldn't have hard coded parameter symbols like a and b.
>> Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary:
>> retro-
>> a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin meaning “backward” 
>> (retrogress); on this model, used in the formation of compound words 
>> (retrorocket).
>> So can we stop this "retro is a bad name" nonsense now?
> Sure, just include a copy of, or link to, an English dictionary
> alongside D documentation, together with appropriate annotations.

My understanding is that he included it to clarify that it's an 
appropriate word, not to explain a rare word such as "nefandous".

> That's tantamount to what you are saying.  imho, use of "silly"
> words like this in the language are a retrograde step.

This is the third time I'm asking: what is a list of allegedly silly 
names in phobos? Far as I can tell the case against "retro" and "iota" 
is rather tenuous. So what are others? readText? topN? setDifference? 
Talk to me.


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