Attention all Modula2 lovers, as you are well aware, Prof. Wirth has retired, and is no longer making new languages. However, as a long time disciple of N. Wirth, and a 20 year user of Modula-2, i have undertaken to evolve the language for the next century. I have devised a new language called Beads, which carries on the fine tradition of simplicity and self-contained-ness that exemplified Modula2, but instead of adding complex and abstract features, i have gone back to the roots of why writing computer software is difficult and error-prone, and devised a language that eliminates most common errors.
This new language is called Beads, and it has one property you won't find in any of the top 20 languages, which is that it can run both forwards and in reverse. Having a reverse gear for debugging is of incredible value. And this reverse gear is not just for inside the lab, but is a built-in property of the run-time which means a product in the hands of the user, who encounters a rare condition that might be unrepeatable due to many network, time, and random factors, can be repeated back in the lab if they submit the "breadcrumbs" file, which is following after Hansel and Gretel's method of tracing back their path.
Besides reversibility, it adds audio, video, image manipulation into the language, and also adds physical units of measurement, so that both at compile time and run time the units can be checked for compatibility; all the common units like mass, energy, length, time, power, etc. are predefined with all the conversions built in.
It also includes a wonderful regular expression syntax that avoids using meta-characters, and is 100x more readable than the UNIX one that has been in use for 50 years.
Because this is a single person project, and because i can't handle input from masses of people at this stage, it is a private beta, but since Modula-2 is one of my favorite languages, I wanted to offer this invitation to this group first. If you are interested, please visit my blog at e-dejong.com
, and read more about it, see further details there.