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RE: WebATM and Inferno?

Well, do not get me wrong here, but isn't Inferno a beta, and free.  =
Also, with all the code available, we should be able to program anything =
we want for these platforms. =20

For an OS I got for free, to look at, and compile against, it came with =
a lot of tools.  It has compilers, debuggers, and sample code.  I will =
continue to work on my design documentation and requirements, and will =
dig into the coding later.  Keep up the great discussions.

Justin (jhitt@osn.net)

Open Systems Networking, Inc.  (http://www.osn.net) =20
voice: 301-475-8721 fax: 301-475-0324

From: 	Stephen Arons[SMTP:arons@panix.com]
Sent: 	Thursday, November 14, 1996 3:45 PM
To: 	inferno@interstice.com
Subject: 	Re:WebATM and Inferno?

I think the Limbo compiler does a good job at error
localization and the parser recovers nicely.  I haven't seen any
Zippy-isms (well, just one, and it's not really fair.  Try "limbo ?").
	Runtime error messages are often less helpful but there is a
very nice debugger. Usually I can quickly scan the sources to see where
I've run off the end of an array or failed to initialize a module or
otherwise frightened the vm.  I mean, Limbo is a little language and
runtime errors are localized;  it's not the same machinery one needs
to ferret out memory leaks, dangling pointers, smashed stacks, or
complicated data races.
	I suppose there'll be some sort of visual programming environ
eventually but in the meantime the wish shell is helpful.  I'm not a
fan of ide's which are generally too constricting and I prefer tools
like the wily Acme clone.  I would guess the inferno developers are
going to going to decide gradually to what extent inferno will become=20
an entirely self-contained development environment.  But I disagree=20
with the idea that current inferno development tools are somehow=20
unworkable or unintelligent.