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John Gruber on AppleScript and English
Tuesday, September 27, 2005

AppleScript tries to read like English which sounds good. But English is incurably vague and mixing vague with computers leads to suffering (which leads, as we know, inexorably, to the dark side).

This is AppleScript at its worst. It was a grand and noble idea to create an English-like programming language, one that would seem approachable and unintimidating to the common user. But in this regard, AppleScript has proven to be a miserable and utter failure.

This is partly leaking abstractions and partly the wrong tool for the job. It's also a good lesson for some of what we need to think about when creating Domain Specific Languages.


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