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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[5]: "Better" vs. Better
by dnebdal on Mon 12th Dec 2011 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: "Better" vs. Better"
dnebdal
Member since:
2008-08-27

I believe that "Do it right the first time" should become some kind of mantra for computer science.

Good code ages well and is easy to fix. It doesn't require rewrites.

The thing is, it takes a lot of mental discipline to actively apply this philosophy every day, including the worst ones, where you're lacking sleep and must ship something that is currently barely finished in one week.


The largest problem with this is the way good enough is sometimes best - a working but horribly coded project now has some benefits over a well-coded one later.

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RE[6]: "Better" vs. Better
by lucas_maximus on Mon 12th Dec 2011 19:16 in reply to "RE[5]: "Better" vs. Better"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I have written last minute hacks that have stood the test of time. Something working is a lot more convincing than vapourware that does work.

Edited 2011-12-12 19:19 UTC

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