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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[4]: "Better" vs. Better
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 12th Dec 2011 20:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: "Better" vs. Better"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Absolutely agree. Refactor first, Rewrite in different language, only if everything else fails, or if its just a fun hobby.

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