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[7]: "Better" vs. Better
by JAlexoid on Tue 13th Dec 2011 17:40 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: "Better" vs. Better"
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I have a good example of a well written application that requires a total rewrite - lack of documentation leads to weird things happening in production.
In addition, rewrite will easily remove 80% of code from custom domain. It is not so much a rewrite, as it is distilling the application to the business features and letting the custom code be replaced by COTS or opensource code.

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