Thanks for the comments.
Much food for thought for all of us.
On 24/02/2009, at 2:24 AM, David Kastrup wrote:
> To some degree it feels like we have a chaotic workshop with make-
> crafted tools all over the place and lots of shoestring and duct tape
> and stuff. And we are trying to turn this into a factory by
> the most systematic labels for shoeboxes that we are going to sort the
> tools into, trying not to break too many contraptions in the process
> sorting into separate pieces.
Haha. Well, quite.
I've mentioned a couple of times before that one of the big reasons
I'm working on the expl3 code is that I wish I could use it straight
away in my XeTeX packages.
But I can't rely on using it while it's in the state I'm in, since I'm
sure all who've used it will agree that -- as great as its ideas are
-- it was overdue for a major tidy up. We at least need a stable base
for the work that we do.
Once that's done, I can go back to working on packages like fontspec,
unicode-math, and (I hope) breqn as well. I think that counts as
progress, but we'll wait and see how well that plan progresses.
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> "Programming in Lua" is one of the best books I've read for
> in any language. Because it does not suggest the line of thought "to
> tackle larger problems, expect a larger mess".
Great, I look forward to reading it.