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re: Emojis are entirely valid in Ruby, and I think they kind of fit the paradigm as well. A lot of Ruby methods have ? as the last character to indicat...
 

I see your point, but it's still just different characters in a text file. It's still the same medium.

Computer programs carry more information today than any other form of communication in human history, but they've always been (with few exceptions) text files.

Compare that to the information carried through artistic media. You can paint, sculpt, sketch, photoshop, or screen print and they're all just different kinds of visual artistic expression. Why is there only a single dominant form of programmatic expression?

Is it due to the exact nature of programs? That we need to tell machines precisely what it is we want them to do? Could we write a programming language where we only describe the jist of what it is we want to accomplish and let the interpreter figure out the rest?

 

Could we write a programming language where we only describe the jist of what it is we want to accomplish and let the interpreter figure out the rest?

You mean like SQL? 😄

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