Quote o' the Day: Age and Syntax Directed Editing
Laurence Tratt, writing An Editor for Composed Programs, came up with this interesting factoid regarding syntax-directed editing, a bizarre remnant of something horrible that the ’80s have to answer for:
I ended by wondering if SDE (Syntax Directed Editing) might be the solution. What I’ve discovered is that SDE is a wonderful way of guessing someone’s age: those under 40 or so have rarely heard of SDE; and those above 45  tend to either convulse in fits of laughter when it’s mentioned, become very afraid, or assume I’m an idiot. In other words, those who know of SDE have a strong reaction to it (which, almost invariably, is against SDE).
 I’m not sure if my sample size of 40-45 year olds is insufficient, or whether they really are the “inbetween” generation when it comes to SDE. Fortunately, I will sleep soundly enough without knowing the answer to this particular question.
His statement is entirely true. I note that I am older than 45.