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Pros and Cons of different tacit systems?

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As a big fan of tacit/point-free programming in general, I'm looking at different tacit programming systems for inspiration (for a language I'm creating). What are the advantages and disadvantages of these styles? Additional on-topic information is helpful.

Some examples of "systems" I've looked at:

  • Trains such as in J
  • Combinatory logic like compose, flip, and currying in languages like Haskell.
  • Concatenative languages such as postscript and forth.
  • Jq has a unique (as far as I know) system where filters operate on streams, and function calling passes filters instead of values.
  • Perl and others are point-free to some degree with $_.

Some things to compare:

  • Readability
  • Popularity
  • Performance?
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