[tech-spec] Re: R arguments

  • From: Tom McCubbin <tmccubbin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tech-spec@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 11:14:32 -0400

I've never met a 4G/L that i like, and i happily recommend postfix 
instead of sendmail.

There is  a terrible 4G/L from the folks at FAME ( Forcasting Analytic 
Modeling Environment ) that i taught for many years at various central 
banks, and many an i-bank.  Its closed, and its dead.  That's why the S 
language is better, i guess, surviving because of it openness.  However, 
its narrow use domain makes me shiver, and wonder why more people aren't 
attempting similar things with simpler languages like python.

I am a c++ nut, but even I realize that productivity is not always all 
that, and some constructs can more easily be compartmentalized in low 
level languages, and exported to higher level script/interpreted 

I'm sure the skillset on the list is varied, but does anyone use python 
on any level?


BBands wrote:

>The folks who invented FORTH had an office down the hall from me for years.
>Really nice people and mega-talented.
>Oddly enough I currently use the three most hostile programs I have
>encountered: R, sendmail and MS Exchange Server. In my opinion user
>hostility is nothing more than self indulgence on the part of the
>developers, but then I guess those who program for free are entitled to be a
>bit self indulgent. So what is Exchange Server's excuse?
>    --jab

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