Subject: Re: String to real
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/09
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Erik Naggum
| Well, laugh back: I hate "reuse" almost as much as I hate "API".

* Paolo Amoroso
| I would appreciate it if you could elaborate on this.  Do you hate
| reuse because of reasons related to what Gabriel tells about the
| topic in "Patterns of Software"?  What are the reasons why you hate
| APIs?

  I hate the words and their connotations, not the concepts they
  _strictly_ denote.  Reusability is a coincidental value of high
  quality, but optimizing for it is really, really stupid, and so
  talking about "reuse" as if it could exist without high quality
  code just rubs me the wrong way.  An "API" stresses that people
  are not building languages and abstractions, but rather jumbled
  heaps of disjoint functions that don't even make a _protocol_.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.