A processing instruction for robots

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Thu Dec 9 06:40:13 GMT 1999

From: tbray at textuality.com <tbray at textuality.com>

 >Walter is right on both counts, but I'm having trouble getting
>with his PI idea.  Not violently against it, but two things make me
>uncomfortable.  First of all, PIs basically suck.  Having said that, if
>gotta use them, this is the kind of thing to use them for.

If PIs suck, then perhaps they suck in the same way that using #defines
in C++
does or the SQLJ preprocessor does:  it can be a sign of insufficient
analysis in
the whole system (perhaps for legitimate reasons: the need may have
over time) or because of habit or to clearly demarcate different
inputs to simplify subsequent phases or because of a deficiency in the
underlying language.

But this is not to allow that PIs suck in the first place.

Actually, to use the C++, I think PIs correspond to pragmas more than

Rick Jelliffe

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