Subject: Re: NewtonScript = Esperanto??
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/08/19
Newsgroups: comp.sys.newton.programmer,comp.lang.c++,comp.sys.newton.misc,comp.programming,comp.lang.lisp
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* Don Vollum
| I really don't think you can attribute Newton's market standing to lack
| of applications (and hence to NewtonScript).  If anything, Newton's
| survival is due to the huge number of apps, and the productivity allowed
| by NewtonScript!

but don't you see?  if programmers are more productive, users are happier,
and there won't be much bitching and moaning about crappy software in the
trade rags, dimwits won't find things to "fix" and boost their ego with,
there won't be millions and millions of below-average programmers who write
junk software, and the Newton will die.  if you want to succeed, use an
unproductive language that attracts stupid people, write buggy software
that gets lots of press (make sure to write it so badly that you open a
door for viruses in _each_ of your applications!), and get unhappy users
who crave the next version like you're pushing dope on them.  make sure you
offer your customers a belief in a better _tomorrow_.  don't give them any
good stuff today -- nobody believes in things they can _see_.  you need to
create _illusions_ to get people to buy from you again and again, and you
just can't create illusions when people actually get what they dreamed of
right away.  nono, leave them craving, and you got them by the balls.

actually, I hope that the Newton will show people that they don't _have_ to
be forever unhappy sufferers of Microcrud.  I'm glad they chose a new
language for the Newton.  it's the only way we can hope for progress.
(that's right, that's "a better _tomorrow_" all over again.  see how
fundamental it is to inspire with the future?)

man who cooks while hacking eats food that has died twice.