My Complaints and Suggestions
— and what I actually use
with design suggestions for a new language
To be done
latest project to design and construct (using ANTLR) a language like the one called ST in the novel Technological Fantasies but with one critical requirement besides being easy to teach, and powerful (not too steep a learning curve but rising to great heights) — it must also translate efficiently into a variety of different languages, C, Basic, Pascal, Java, Python.
I have been thinking about a project to do this. I am tentatively planning to use the ANTLR compiler compiler system. A key notion is to require a standard form for program text. That form should require indentation like Python, but also require begin and end symbols. Rather than use curly brackets like C and Java, a system like Microsoft Basic should be used, where If is matched with Endif (end if), While is matched with Wend and For is match with Next. These will make the progam test longer, but coupled with the python-like indentation requirement will ensure that loops are indented properly.
Another notion is based on Java conventions, but is now to be required. Keywords must begin with a Capital Letter, consonants or variable must begin with a lower-case letter.
Object-oriented design like in Java and C++ should be possible, but a smooth and natural translation of the object-oriented properties into ordinary procedural languages should be done. The result should be entirely readable to someone who does not use object oriented programming.
This is possible using the ordinary parameter passing mechanism, using procedure parameter where allowed, as in pascal, and using procedure which package calls to specific addresses for languages which don’t. In the latter case the compiler must generate appropriate comments to label those packaging procedures for what they are.
Similarly functional programming should be supported but not enforced, with the necessary changes to the resulting code being made by the compiler and labelled appropriately.
The intent is to produce a language in which everyone can easily program but which is also central in the sense that all other languages are not far from it in programming language space .
Copyright © 2009 Douglas Pardoe Wilson
Other relevant content:
Please see these web pages:
The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
Type in this address to e-mail me. The image is interesting. See Status of Social Technology
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I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam. Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see. So I have switched to a new e-mail service. Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture. I have also made it difficult to reach me. The picture is not a clickable link. To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in. That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.
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