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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[6]: "Better" vs. Better
by ilovebeer on Tue 13th Dec 2011 10:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: "Better" vs. Better"
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If you have something working, it is ridiculous to do a full rewrite. The only time I can see it making sense if the current platform is going to be depreciated, or fundamental core changes need to be made.

I'm not talking about doing rewrites when there's no need for it. When you have poorly designed software that's in a constant state of maintenance, you can reach a point where maintaining it and dealing with the poor design is no longer the best option -- when too much time and too many resources are being committed just to keep it working. In these cases a proper rewrite can easily be the best solution if the end result is relieving the time & resources being spent.

The people who are saying that a rewrite is never a good choice and believe that there are never any circumstances which call for it, are completely nuts. They're either not coders, not good coders, never had to deal with resource management, or aren't good at it.

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