Subject: Re: How accurate is Metcalfe's law? (Was: Ximian software)
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: 15 Jan 2002 16:31:25 +0900

>>>>> "Bernard" == Bernard Lang <> writes:

    Bernard> On Tue, Jan 08, 2002 at 12:55:22PM -0800, Ian Lance
    Bernard> Taylor wrote:

    >> "Stephen J. Turnbull" <> writes:

NB.  The text that immediately followed was Ian's, not mine.

    Bernard> This is typically one such idea ... or principle:
    Bernard> anything that can be done by a user should be doable by a
    Bernard> program.  That is the power of emacs, and of the widely
    Bernard> accepted scripting concept.

My point was that Emacs is not an editor that happens to have a
scripting language, but rather that Emacs is a scripting language that
happens to have been used to implement an editor.  It is this
inversion that is the fundamental concept contributed by Emacs, and
which is especially important to Python as a spiritual descendent.

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