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  • Why don't you try some programming in Inform? It's a little different paradigm than most programming languages I've seen, and might help you think about things differently?

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • by Ovid (2709) on 2005.10.30 18:29 (#44267) Homepage Journal

      I've thought about that. Rael was telling me about his experiments with Inform and he was thinking about using that or something similar to make a natural language interface for some of the stuff he was doing. If I recall correctly, it was basically something which (for example), if someone sent you an invitation for a meeting, you could type "accept the invitation" and your calendar would automatically be updated and a message would be sent back saying you had accepted.

      As for why I didn't go that route, I really wanted to play around more with the "Higher Order Perl" parser. I've written a large grammar with it already and I wanted to be able to do something in pure Perl which allowed me to play to my strengths and get something up and running quickly.