Date: 2013-04-19 02:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, to be honest I'd rather be able to forget that I'm programming on an actual computer at all. That's a systems language's job. If there are abstractions that work for people at low levels like that, good, but I don't think we should necessarily be tied to it, and code that ignores those facts has a lot of really nice properties (immutability, single assignment, etc.) that I think should be encouraged. Still, as writing my compiler has driven home, sometimes you gotta have state; I want both ways (and more!) of writing code to be encouraged. I also want it to be easy to transform impure code into pure code, where possible, but that doesn't have to come at the cost of making impure code harder to write, and if it would be beneficial, I suppose the opposite transformation should be simple, too.
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