Linked by snydeq on Sun 11th Dec 2011 01:35 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes in favor of new programming languages given the difficulty of upgrading existing, popular languages. 'Whenever a new programming language is announced, a certain segment of the developer population always rolls its eyes and groans that we have quite enough to choose from already,' McAllister writes. 'But once a language reaches a certain tipping point of popularity, overhauling it to include support for new features, paradigms, and patterns is easier said than done.' PHP 6, Perl 6, Python 3, ECMAScript 4 -- 'the lesson from all of these examples is clear: Programming languages move slowly, and the more popular a language is, the slower it moves. It is far, far easier to create a new language from whole cloth than it is to convince the existing user base of a popular language to accept radical changes.'
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Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Sun 11th Dec 2011 07:47 UTC
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Doesn't matter whether we need more languages or not. We are sure to get them! As the first comment to that article points out, making a language is easy and it can be a money making venture. So you are sure to see lots of new languages fighting for developers' attention. And developers also have to keep up with the skills arms race and learn whatever newfangled language/framework/API becomes popular.

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