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: improve current languages
by l3v1 on Mon 12th Dec 2011 11:30 UTC in reply to "improve current languages"
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Better to be real good in one or two relevant languages than mediocre in a lot.


If you know what you're doing, the language doesn't really matter ***. As also said above, frameworks and libraries matter a lot more than the language itself. I can spend my time better than learning all language references by heart. If you can be good in a few, then it's ok to be superficial in others. And sometimes it's quite good to be at least superficially knowledgeable in a few others than your chosen ones, gives you insight and good ideas.

Edit: I'm correcting myself:
*** Except when it does, since there are situations where it's imperative to choose one language over the other.

Edited 2011-12-12 11:31 UTC

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