On Monday, February 18, 2013 4:00:29 AM UTC-7, Vince Virgilio wrote:
> The Mathematica "language" is roughly the Abstract Syntax Tree mechanics that most > compilers use internally. It can indeed be separated from the leaves or terminals of the > syntax tree, where most of WRI's intellectual property lives---the algorithms.
Ah, but there's another layer that's essential: pattern matching and replacement. Without that, the syntax is meaningless. Mathematica isn't like a language that gets compiled to machine language or pseudocode.