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Re: [Bug-apl] [PATCH]: allow using lambdas in ]USERCMD

From: Juergen Sauermann
Subject: Re: [Bug-apl] [PATCH]: allow using lambdas in ]USERCMD
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:29:27 +0100
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I suppose 'real APL; does not mean apl2. If I may quote you (Feb. 5, 2017):

"is this apl2 (which was ibm's second failed attempt to push apl)  or gnuapl?"

What I don't quite understand is this: if you were so happy with your "real apl" for 46 years,
why are you using GNU APL then? It was clear from day 1 that GNU APL will be an apl2
interpreter and not an apl interpreter. And that I, like it not not, consider IBM compatibility
as a rather valuable property.

And the "things that are wrong" seem to be mainly things that IBM implemented differently than
you believe they should have been implementing them.

/// Jürgen

On 02/24/2017 05:37 PM, address@hidden wrote:
all the apl2 based modifications would have to be taken out ... it has really become blake-apl2
i have tried to bring up things that are wrong but get ignored - i have been using 'real apl' for over 46 years

On Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:47:39 -0500
Peter Teeson <address@hidden> wrote:

No offence intended but 

There seems to me to be a whole lot of accretion in the non language part of GNU APL.
Useful as it may be to certain people I don’t think it’s in the elegant spirit of APL.

What used to be a nice clean, simple and easily comprehended project is now
suffering from encrustations that everyone is burdened with.

Personally it would be nice to have a basic package that is simply the interpreter, quad fns and the system commands 
leaving the rest of the detritus in add-on packages of some form.

Just my grumpy 80-year old man's opinion…<grumble grumble>

with respect….


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