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Why Bel after Arc
3 points by misgin 349 days ago | 1 comment
why did PG make Bel (after Arc)?


2 points by krapp 344 days ago | link

From what I can tell from the introduction[0] and initial HN thread[1] Bel is an academic exercise in developing a programming language by focusing on axioms rather than implementation. Also:

    I think the point of a high-level language is to make your programs shorter. All other things (e.g. libraries) being equal, language A is better than language B if programs are shorter in A. (As measured by the size of the parse tree, obviously, not lines or characters.) The goal of Bel is to be a good language. This can be measured in the length of programs written in it.
Make of that what you will.

[0]https://sep.turbifycdn.com/ty/cdn/paulgraham/bellanguage.txt...;

[1]https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21231208

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