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digitalmars.D - Re: Things I Learned from ACCU 2010

Nick Sabalausky Wrote:

 "retard" <re tard.com.invalid> wrote in message 
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 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:57:54 -0500, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:

 On 04/23/2010 07:00 AM, Clemens wrote:
 (As an aside, I'm generally a bit put off by the hostility towards
 programming language research and theory in the D community. "We don't
 need no stinking theory, we'll just roll our own ad-hoc solution which
 will work much better because ivory-tower academics are completely out
 of touch with reality anyway." Bleh.)

I hope that trend has been definitively reversed. Andrei

Instead of hostility we now have blissful ignorance. Maybe I should post here more often again..

When the academic researchers keep their work squirreled away in academic circles and written in such a convoluted style that only other long-term ivory-tower residents can get far enough past the language to see the actual meaning, it's a wonder that *anyone* finds it surprising that programmers are ignorant of it.

I have no formal education in computer science, in fact I'm a self-taught programmer, and I had no problem understanding several papers on Haskell which I was pointed towards. It might take some dedication in some cases, but as Andrei pointed out: the problems are hard.
 And that's just the researchers that actually *do* know what they're doing. 
 Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that the *majority* of academia 
 actually knows it's head from it's ass (yea, that's right - I've brought it 
 back to hostility).

Oh well. Thanks for proving my point.
Apr 26 2010