Thursday, April 19, 2007

Portraits in Four Lines

It is gratifying when the subject of a clerihew affirms its aptness:

If the idea you're talking about is following a Postscript model for definitions (and presumably other things, like control flow and iteration, possibly typed values on stacks, dictionaries as a first-class data type, etc.), then I have no problem. It’s an old idea I’ve brought up many times over the years, and enshrined in Leo Wong’s “Forth Clerihews” back in 1999:

John Passaniti
Considered it a pity.
Forth had most slipped
By not heeding PostScript.

— John Passaniti, Forth Frustrations

Forth Clerihews


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