Re: indentation (was Re: About the article)

Subject: Re: indentation (was Re: About the article)
From: Ron Ross <ronross@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 14:18:49 -0400 (EDT)
On Fri, 7 May 1999, DPawson@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> As someone who went through this some time back
> (about 18 months ago), I was drawn into it via some very
> simple examples, then Paul P's great intro.


> A simplepage sequence,
> a few make paragraphs etc
> and hey presto I had RTF output.
>  Instant gratification.
> That could be used as the 'bait' in a selling exercise?

I agree wholeheartedly.

While having very little programming experience, I took to DSSSL
immediately through just such an exercise (hail once again to Paul's
tutorial). Admittedly, I did have a couple of years' experience
tinkering with Emacs, and therefore a fair amount of (e)lisp exposure.
But I came to Emacs with absolutely *no* programming, and roughly at
the same time that I decided to finally have a look at the Elisp
intro, I was also attempting to get a minimal grip on JavaScript.
Moderately complex code in either (or any) language still leaves me in
a muddle, but certainly the ugly ladder of intertwined variable
operations that one finds in JavaScript is, if anything, _less_
intelligible to the neophyte than the nested expressions of lisp-based
languages. I wonder if there might be predisposition for one kind of
language or another. My educational (and recreational) background is
rather literary, and lisp always struck me as being somewhat
"literary" itself;-). On the other hand, eons back, I scraped through
my last high school math class by the thinnest skin of my teeth ...

BTW, I'm also interested in trying Scheme. (Since I'm learning some of
the language, it would be fun to have a compiled little program with a
bit of GUI to show for it:-) Does anyone have a Scheme compiler to
recommend for programming on Win95? I've downloaded and installed STk,
but I'm getting lots of error messages and disfunctional behavior
from the GUI (Tk) part of it. I know, I will contact STk's maintainer
about this, but I thought people here might shed some light on the
best path to take. Thanks in advance.



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