I’m extremely pleased to see how many of you persevered through the long Code Reads drought and returned for the Backus discussion. Thank you all for sticking around. I am learning a lot from the comments, and you’ve renewed my determination to get Code Reads back on a reasonable schedule.
For the next installment, I’m going to suggest that we read (or re-read!) Guy Steele’s paper, “Growing a Language.” It’s a famous piece of writing that I skimmed ages ago but always wanted to take a closer look at. It is also, I think, considerably more accessible than the Backus. Here’s a PDF link to the Steele paper. And here’s an interview with Steele from Sun.
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