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100103Re: [XP] Re: XP Survival

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  • Ron Jeffries
    Nov 30, 2004
      On Tuesday, November 30, 2004, at 9:03:24 PM, Keith Ray wrote:

      > There used to be a "graphical" data-flow programming language called
      > Pro-Graph, IIRC, where you drew lines and boxes and typed a few names
      > for the functions you were drawing and linking together... it was very
      > tedious and mouse-intensive. It predated UML and didn't have a textual
      > equivalent, but it did create executable applications. (MacOS)

      I've used a number of the graphical "languages" that have come out. They
      have all had the same property: it's easy to do simple things, and when you
      get beyond simple things, the difficulty of doing it graphically seems to
      explode exponentially.

      Text isn't great, but I think it scales more linearly in some ways. A tool
      like Together seems very interesting but I've never used it enough to get a
      real sense of when I'd drag a picture and when I'd just cut and paste the
      class definition, or use my refactoring tool.

      Ron Jeffries
      The fact that we know more today, and are more capable today,
      is good news about today, not bad news about yesterday.
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