On Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:14:36 -0700 (PDT), Lew <email@example.com>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :
>Know. Don't guess. Read the JLS.
And I have explained to you many times that not everyone can make hide
nor tail of that lawyerly document. YOU can, but perhaps only one in
100 programmers can accurately decode it. It is plain rude to demand
newbies use it. Encourage them yes, but don't pretend it as a skill
everyone is suppose to master to justify their existence. You are
using it like some frat hazing.
I further hazard a guess your own ability to decode is somewhat higher
than it is in reality. You just assert your interpretation is the
correct one. Any time I read that fool think I can come up with 4
possible interpretations. . The fault it is the document. It was not
written for average programmers but to settle lawyerly disputes over
compiler compliance. That is why they are so many text books to
explain these things in English to programmers.
Roedy Green Canadian Mind Products
Mathematicians and computer scientists are far more interested
in impressing you than informing you. If this were not
so, the tutorials on building a robots.txt file, for example,
would consist primarily of an annotated example. What you get
instead are nothing but inscrutable adstract fragments in some
obscure dialect of BNF.