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125aa997aecefa6ebd4431f9b89e0bed?d=identicon&s=25 Kless (Guest)
on 2009-04-11 15:20
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If anybody is interesed in new technologies, you'll love this new
language called Falcon [1], which has been open sourced ago little

Falcon is a scripting engine ready to empower mission-critical
multithreaded applications. It provides six integrated programming
paradigms: procedural, object oriented, prototype oriented,
functional, tabular and message oriented. You use what you prefer.

To know more about its design, read the interview to the Falcon author
that has published ComputerWorld Australia [2].

147cc8db2770d16f0ffe663be01d598d?d=identicon&s=25 Ghost Steven (kittens)
on 2009-04-11 15:49
On the first page I was greated withy this example:

> "Hello world!"

...which would suggest it uses the greater then sign as a printf. So
then what if I write something like this:

if a > some_function()

Am I say: "if (a) printf(some_function())" or is this just all the
condition line, such as: "if (a > some_function())". Code syntactic
sugar is nice to have, but not when I welcome in all sorts of cases of
4828d528e2e46f7c8160c336eb332836?d=identicon&s=25 Robert Heiler (shevegen)
on 2009-04-11 18:20
To compile it one needs cmake. Unfortunately I was not able to build it.

The Io Language has a similar problem - I can not compile it.

I am sorry to say, but this is frustrating for me.

Python, Ruby and Perl all compile here from source for me without ANY
I think new languages should put big emphasis to try to stay on par with
the existing scripting languages. Maybe Falcon is better than i.e.
python, but if I am too stupid to compile it, whereas ruby python and
perl all work nicely (as opposed to compiling Falcon or Io), then I just
stick to what gives me less problems.

That being said, Falcon seems to have some really cool ideas. Who knows,
maybe one day ruby learns from falcon :-)
Baf83fa62a7481a08c40353795e11f44?d=identicon&s=25 Michael Neumann (mneumann)
on 2009-04-11 18:40
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Kless wrote:

> that has published ComputerWorld Australia [2].
Nice language (I like all new languages :). Please don't read any of my
words as criticism.

The Falcon Facts Table [1] is not 100% right about Ruby.

* Document Template: There was eruby in the past (maybe it still exists)
that was a binary. Other than that, "Document Templating" can be
emulated by
this one-liner:

  ruby -rerb -e"puts" < rubyfile.rhtml

And then, I don't think this is an important fact and should
not be built into the language itself.

* Multithreading: Ruby 1.8 had portable multithreading (it even worked
DOS a decade ago). Ruby 1.9 has native OS threads, which are a lot more
scalable than green threads of Ruby 1.8. But basically the same applies
for Python. I guess JRuby is a lot more scalable in this regard.

* Embeddability: You can embed Ruby into a C application in 10 lines of
code. But usually you write wrappers of a C library and call it from
What you can't do is to embed multiple instances of Ruby into your
application (you can do that with Rubinius).

* C Dynamic Library Interface: Ruby ships with "dl", with which you can
access dynamic libraries.

* Compile time metaprogramming: I don't see a huge difference to Ruby's
metaprogramming here. You can do exactly the same with evaluating

  def makeClassWithProp(name, property)
    eval %{
      class #{name}
        attr_accessor #{property}

* Procedural programming: Well, methods are very similar to procedures.
you write methods in the toplevel (without a class declaration), they
part of class Object. I don't see a huge difference to procedures :)

* Functional Programming: I'd give Python here a clear "yes", as
methods are actually functions. You can definitively pass other
functions as
parameters to functions in Python. In Ruby, there are also functions
("blocks") that you can pass to methods. So I'd give Ruby at least a
here and Python a clear "yes".

* Prototype-oriented: Ruby has singleton methods.
   a =
   def a.new_method
   p a.new_method # => "hallo" #=> method missing

  So this is at least a "partial", like Python :)

* Direct binary data access: Both Python and Ruby have libraries that
by default that deal with this. In Ruby this is done by methods #pack

* Virtual filesystem: There is open-uri, a library which provides
   virtual filesystem:

     ruby -ropen-uri -e'puts open('').read'


IMHO, Falcon mixes too many things into one language, without having a
advantage over languages like Python or Ruby (at least I haven't seen a
clear feature that Python or Ruby doesn't have). I like Ruby because of
simplicity and well-thought-out underlying model (everything is an
and not to forget the principle of (matz's) least suprise in the core
libraries. Having too many concepts in a language is not always a good



D1f1c20467562fc1d8c8aa0d328def62?d=identicon&s=25 Florian Gilcher (skade)
on 2009-04-16 12:23
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>        attr_accessor #{property}
>      end
>    }
>  end

Actually, this is a hack already. (Warning, the parameter order is
1.9 only).

   def self.makeClassWithProp(name, superclass = Object, property)
     c = {
       attr_accessor property
     const_set(name, c)

Is a nice and clean way to get that working. This generates a Subclass
to the Module/Class this Method is defined in.


Florian Gilcher

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