Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Nov 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Megatux
Gnome "I followed the debate about a successor for the C/C++ combination as the primary language for developing the GNOME core desktop platform very closely last month. There has been discussion about a number of options. What I would like to do on this page is give an overview how a probably less well-known language might be a viable compromise as a C/C++ successor. This language is called Eiffel and exists for over a decade. Eiffel takes the principle of Object-Oriented programming to its extremes and, as a consequence, is a very easy to learn language."
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Choose a language that is not only technically (& legally) adequate but is growing in popularity among new FOSS developers and in the open source world in general. Growing popularity usually also means that the language is effective, powerful, intuitive, attractive, easy to learn, and will provide lots of new innovation, tools and toys also in the future. So - something like Python.

Many Ubuntu and GNOME people already seem to support and like Python a lot. Well, Python in itself, and as it now, does not suit all sorts of GNOME development. But what it certainly is, is that it's ever more popular. On the other hand, Eiffel, as good as it might be in some strict technical sense, is not that popular, and there are no signs of that changing. Also, although C++ is stil very popular, developers seem to be moving away from it (and from C) gradually and looking for new, better alternatives.

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