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- Subject: data albania
- From: Rick Mascitti <acad!blitzen!rick>
- Date: Tue, 13 Feb 90 12:39:41 PST
[nasty balkanization of data comment]
I have to agree with roger on this one. Why is unix so great?
Why has the C language been so popular? Because they provide
simple yet powerful abstractions that can be combined in ways
the authors hadn't intended. (In fact, I think it was Brian
Kernighan who said ``A tool is useful when it is used for a
purpose the author hadn't imagined.'' or something like that.)
If the basic stuff can't hack something as trivial as HyperCard,
maybe we're building the wrong thing. I happen to think that
the basic stuff can hack this and much more, and am willing to
lay odds that the performance difference between an inclusion-list
based HC and one that uses specialized doctypes won't be noticed.
If one extra indirection is so costly, then why are you gonna
patent this magic?