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Leslie Satenstein
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Take and drop are two primitave functions in the J and APL languages. For many years I was an APL biggot, in that I could solve all problems in 1/10th the time that it took to do with any other language. It is still probably the case. But APL was interactive, and could not lend itself to batch processing, so I left it for more classical languages such as C, Assembler,Cobol, etc.

The J language, which is replacing APL is also interactive, but can be set to run in batch. It too offers a 10-1 improvement over conventional languages for solving many problems. In particular, it is great for formatting text.

If you are interested in J, go to http://www.jsoftware.com Check out their documentation. You can get a free download of the J interpreter.

Les