- Sep 8 2015 -
Achilles visits his friend the Tortoise
Achilles: My, your screen looks quite drab. Are you still using Emacs?
Tortoise: Yes my dear friend. It has been around since the 1970s. It may be not as old as you but it is definitely a joy to use.
Achilles: Well I am using this new editor called Atom.
Tortoise: That’s new. What is so special about it? How is it different from Emacs or (may the hard shell protect me from the flames) vi?
Tortoise: Interesting! (author’s note: sarcasm emphasized)
There are only two kinds of languages: the ones people complain about and the ones nobody uses.
The conversation between the two continue for hours as Achilles tries to convince that is a good thing. Finally the Tortoise having had enough opens up Emacs and types: M-x destroy-world-mode
The web ought to be more open, providing options where one can create code with the parenthesis of Lisp or cryptic Perl or the beautiful Pythonic spaces or may be even obfuscated C. I want to have the freedom to write in any language of choice. But we are not there, yet.