Quote: with an entirely extensible language, great language designers make bad design decisions and unreadable code

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The first Smalltalk we built was an entirely … [You could specify] any syntax you wanted. … [to our surprise, even great language designers happen to make very bad design decisions in the heat of debugging. The result was unreadable programs. So we took that out when Smalltalk 76 was done. We tried to have a syntax that would carry the extensions, but would actually be something that you could read no matter who wrote it.   Google-1   Google-2

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