Arnt Gulbrandsen
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2010-07-24

Brevity in programming

For the last couple of months I've been using a program written in one of the fashionably brief languages, Ruby. I've had to read the source on more than one occasion.

On one hand, the source is very brief. It does get a lot done with very few lines of code.

On the other hand, the program hasn't yet given me a single accurate error message. Every single error case (aleph-null and counting) has caused a misleading error message.

Something in me wants to connect the dots.