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Comment: Because it's the best way.. (Score 2) 876

by ltbarcly (#46192525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

For the same reason we still write text-based stories, send text-based emails, text based text messages, etc etc.

There isn't a way to express tree structures directly, without jumping back and forth, so we have settled on (or evolved to) a standard way to linearize such structures, which is called grammar.

There's no advantage to any other representation, but rather there is a huge disadvantage to other representations because our brains have spent the last million or so years evolving to be adept at manipulating language in this way.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.