Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Apr 2003 17:14 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few days ago we featured an interview with one of Fink's project leaders regarding their package management solution which breeds more Unix software to MacOSX. Today, we host an interview with Jordan Hubbard regarding the DarwinPorts, speaking for the DarwinPorts Team which a similar effort to bring more Unix software on Mac OS X. Jordan is currently working at Apple and OpenDarwin (while many will know Jordan as the FreeBSD co-founder).
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Tcl
by anon on Tue 15th Apr 2003 18:33 UTC

Looks like the choice of Tcl (over, say Python) is worth questioning. RMS believed it was a limited language and a bad foundation:
http://www.vanderburg.org/Tcl/war/0000.html

Maybe Tcl has caught up and become stronger, or it might be good for this domain. But I wonder if systems coders just make bad choices when building applications. For example, Hubbard's criticism of Python is weird; I've never known anyone to have problems with whitespace. Can anyone maintain code where the indentation isn't aligned?

The rest of what he says is fine; no doubt Tcl has a longer history being embedded in apps, and he says it really was a subjective choice. I just wonder if systems guys have a blindspot.