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Re: Re: How would you fix Java?

by pfaut (Priest)
on Apr 21, 2003 at 14:06 UTC ( #251997=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: How would you fix Java?
in thread How would you fix Java?

I guess verbose languages give folks a sense of productivity - "I'm writing a lot of code, so I must be getting a lot of work done, right?"

I remember a friend telling me about his dismay when learning about the definition of 'work' in physics. I forget the formula he used but it's a measure of how much is accomplished and not the effort expended to accomplish it. If you bring effort into the equations, you're measuring efficiency.

90% of every Perl application is already written.

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Re^2: How would you fix Java? (definition of work)
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Apr 21, 2003 at 14:10 UTC
    It's W = F * d, force multiplied by distance. (Actually, that should be x, a vectorial multiplication, because force has a direction, but whether that is necessary depends on what you are trying to calculate.) You have a point, strictly speaking, but I'm using the term as it's used colloquially.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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