Iavor Diatchki iavor.diatchki at gmail.com
Thu Nov 30 12:41:43 EST 2006


On 11/30/06, Philippa Cowderoy <flippa at flippac.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Ashley Yakeley wrote:
> > That something might confuse the beginning user should count for nothing if it
> > does not annoy the more experienced user.
> >
> This experienced user regularly uses a haskell interpreter for a desk
> calculator, not to mention for producing readable budgets that show all
> the working. Removing defaulting would make that extremely tedious.

I do what you suggest all the time (I mean using Hugs as a calculator)
and I agree that it would be annoying without some sort of defaulting.
 However, I am not sure that this particular use justifies the
addition of defaulting to the _language_.  For example, it is possible
that defaulting is implemented as a switch to the command-line

By the way, I agree with Ashley that the "it is hard to teach"
argument is over-used.


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