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Re: Changing line widths in the Emacs source code

From: tomas
Subject: Re: Changing line widths in the Emacs source code
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:42:30 +0200
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On Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 07:28:04PM -0700, T.V Raman wrote:
> Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> writes:
> This could also be language specific. Languages like Java and perhaps
> also C++ end up with unduely long identifiers when you have a complex
> package/module  system in use --- that then makes 80 columns hard.

In the foreword to SICP [1], Alan Perlis writes

    "Algol 60, [...] lives inthe genes of Scheme and Pascal.
     Pascal is for building pyramids -- imposing, breathtaking,
     static structures built by armies pushing heavy blocks
     into place. Lisp is for building organisms -- imposing,
     breathtaking, dynamic structures built by squads fitting
     fluctuating myriads of simpler organisms into place."

There was no Java or C++ around back then, but I think they fit
the "Pascal" pattern even better than Pascal itself.

Pyramids are built, remember, of huge stone blocks.

 - t

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