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Ousterhout's Dichotomy Isn't

Ben Mabey edited this page Jul 13, 2013 · 2 revisions


Ousterhout's Dichotomy attempts to split the language world into system and scripting languages. This split isn't simple, and doesn't work. But understanding where it fails is a great way to approach the concept of power in programming languages. In this talk we will cover

  • what it means to be powerful
  • how Clojure's design gives you power
  • the relation between power and stratification
  • why numerics changed in 1.3
  • a post-Ousterhout classification scheme that is more useful
  • some predictions for Clojure's future.

On the Web

  • Video from Clojure/conj, Nov 2011
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