On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM, Kevin <darkintent / gmail.com> wrote:
> Aren't all programs languages as the program describes a particular probl=
em
> or set of problems?

Programs are solutions to problems.

> =A0It seems that saying that a program is not a language
> is a bit of an artificial distinction. =A0Mathematics is a language. =A0R=
uby or
> C++ are languages that can be used to construct entirely new languages.
> =A0Even pictures can form the basis of language. =A0Every program that ex=
ists
> possesses the vocabulary to deal with a given problem domain, so why both=
er
> trying to claim that something like Excel does not have these qualities?
> =A0Aside from adherence =A0to useless jargon of course.

You are confusing computer science with linguistics.

> As for issues like terseness, it isn't really a virtue at all. That you c=
an
> say or do more with less is not very important if people have a distinct =
bit
> of trouble understanding what is being communicated. =A0The goal should b=
e
> clarity, not trying to condense everything into the fewest possible symbo=
ls,
> ultimately to say that you could.

That isn't a problem of terseness, but a problem of semantics, and how
well something can be understood and learned.

--=20
Phillip Gawlowski

Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I've moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I've played and passed through,
Who'll remember my song or my face.