Re: language evaluation metrics?

Jimmy Kerl <>
21 Nov 1998 12:04:04 -0500

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From: Jimmy Kerl <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers,comp.lang.misc
Date: 21 Nov 1998 12:04:04 -0500
Organization: Internet Communications of Oklahoma
References: 98-11-098
Keywords: design

Kendra Cooper wrote:
> Does anyone know of references to metrics for evaluating the
> completeness, expressivenes, ???, of a language?

I have a developed a 'chart' of programming language constructs that
relate to extensibality. So I suppose one could look at the chat and
see if a construct in each catogory was present.

Here is most (but not all) of the chart: email me for more info.
(this is like my favorite topic)

Data-structures | Control-structures
    (pointer) (goto) primitive-level D.S. and C.S.

    Array For-loop "AND" constructs
    List while / repeat loops

    C's unions Case-statement
                                          If-statement "OR" constructs

    record/class block Orgiznation/encapulation constructs

---------end of chart

well, as you can see it only defines the completeness of a language in
its terms of extensibility (currently I study ways to define other
aspects of the "completness" of a language)


BTW, what are ya working on?

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