Re: Coding from Scratch: Jaron Lanier

From: Michael Roy Ames (
Date: Sat Jan 25 2003 - 13:41:02 MST


I am skeptical that code written with emphasis on 'maintainability and
easy debuggability' would be 'MUCH SIMPLER' than most code written
today. In what way would it be simpler? The same tasks would still
have to be accomplished by the program, no matter the maintainability or
debugability. Making a program more maintainable or more debuggable
often *adds* lines to the program, *increasing* the complexity. I'm not
saying this is a bad thing... but it sure isn't a simpler thing.

Michael Roy Ames

Ben Goertzel wrote:
>> Ben,
>> Supercompilation is very interesting, but I don't see how it would
>> solve even one, single bug. The bugs would still be there, they
>> would just execute faster.
> Because if you know you're going to use the supercompiler to
> transform your code into efficient code, you can write MUCH SIMPLER
> CODE with a focus on maintainability and easy debuggability, rather
> than thinking about efficiency AT ALL.
> We don't code for debuggability now, but with a supercompiler we
> could do so.
> I didn't say this before, but it's also true that the supercompiler
> could be used as a powerful debugger...
> -- Ben

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