[FoRK] New trend: type "rich" languages?

Meltsner, Kenneth Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com
Tue May 25 15:54:07 PDT 2004


Cool.  BOTEC calculations in a computer language.

Might be really cool if it handled interval arithmetic, the other refuge
of the envelope-toting engineer.  There was a company that sold an
interval add-on for Excel[1], and various libraries, but none of them
have been mainstream successes.

Of course, neither was TK!Solver or Macsyma (and Mathematica is, I
believe), so that's not a criticism of the underlying approach.

[1] http://www.ercim.org/publication/Ercim_News/enw24/rwc.html

Link rot claimed the web pages for Delisoft (the vendor that sold the
technology originally developed by VTT in Finland), and the URL now
points to an annoying directory page, with links to Zagats and other
deli vendors....

Ken Meltsner



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