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: "Better" vs. Better
by juzzlin on Mon 12th Dec 2011 12:18 UTC in reply to ""Better" vs. Better"
juzzlin
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Just because something is "better" doesn't mean it justifies the costs involved with changing from existing working solutions (developing new tools, retraining programmers, remembering a wide variety of different languages just to be able to maintain old code, etc).


I can't agree more ;) There are also a number of great application frameworks build on top of certain widely-used languages.

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