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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RE[6]: Do I agree or not?
by tchristney on Sun 11th Dec 2011 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Do I agree or not?"
tchristney
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2005-09-21

Keeping the inexperienced developers from marching the project towards disaster.

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RE[7]: Do I agree or not?
by snowbender on Sun 11th Dec 2011 23:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Do I agree or not?"
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2006-05-04

Hmm... either you have way too many inexperienced developers on your team, or either you need to replace those inexperienced developers with better inexperienced developers.

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