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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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RE[5]: "Better" vs. Better
by lucas_maximus on Mon 12th Dec 2011 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: "Better" vs. Better"
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I believe that "Do it right the first time" should become some kind of mantra for computer science.

Oh comon, this is ridiculous. You can do sensible things the first time, but doing it "right" first time is a completely different matter.

I wrote a C# library the other day, a nice bit of OO programming. Very clean and encapsulated, today I found out a way to make it even cleaner ... While my first attempt was sensible ... tomorrow it will be perfect.

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