Re: Microsoft's C++ bigotry
On Tue, 21 Jan 2003 14:43:20 -0600, "Larry Serflaten"
>"Dan Barclay" <Dan@MVPs.org> wrote
>> I thought maybe this may be of help to you as well:
>> The first definition is:
>> 1. The state or quality of being stable, especially:
>> Resistance to change, deterioration, or displacement.
>> Constancy of character or purpose; steadfastness.
>> Reliability; dependability.
>> Do you think that, just possibly, this may apply to programming
>> languages and environments?
>Sure it does, reliability and dependability being chief among them.
>But it could be referring to the the current version's reliablility and
>dependability, as I have explained before.
Perhaps you're confusing the platform's reliability with the
It seems clear that code written in MS Basic has deteriorated and been
displaced even without having been changed!
>You might (with some adjustments) even use the second definition:
>The ability of an object, such as a ship or aircraft, (or a Textbox) to maintain
>equilibrium (normal use) or resume its original, upright position after displacement,
> as by the sea or strong winds (errant user input).
>Note it says 'The ability of an object..' - an object - is a singular reference, it does
>not say 'The ability of several versions of an object...' as you would intend.
LOL. Yup, instead of remaining upright, VB has gone belly up!
>I already posted one definition of stability, as it specifically applies to computer
>hardware and software, but I see you didn't want to accept that. Instead you'll take
>a more general definition only to turn and twist it into what you want it to say, right?
Hmmm... it seems to me a more general definition is preferable, but to
each his own.
>As I said, you can use it however you want, but since computer programming is
>about using precise syntax, in a specific order, I would think the terms used to
>describe the work, should also be of a more precise nature. Without your personal
>web page for a definition, 'language stability' is a rather ambigious term. It could
>mean one of a few different things, your (and my) definition included....
I don't agree with your assessment, but for clarity's sake perhaps
when we use the term Language Stability
(http://www.mvps.org/vb/index2.html?tips/stability.htm) we should
provide the link for context.
I'll probably forget to do that, but maybe you can remind me.
Language Stability is a *feature* I wish VB had!
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