> > I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, but I've heard
> of
> > the "POLA" (A = astonishment) since the mid/late 80's.  I had
> assumed
> > POLS came from that.
> 
> Oh, yes, that's true. I didn't mean that the
> idea originated with him.
> 
> (BTW, I first heard it in _The Tao of Programming_,
> around '86... do you know an earlier reference?)

Well, no.  The earliest I remember was about that time, but came from
a manager of mine at the time.  I have "sensed" an undercurrent in
this group though that it had originated with Matz, which I am
certain is not the case.

> 
> I just meant that, according to Matz, when POLS is
> applied to Ruby, the standard is HIS surprise, not
> anyone else's. He got a laugh at RubyConf2001 when
> he said, "'Least Surprise' means 'Least Surprise 
> for Me.'"


Ah yes, of course.  


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