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[8]: "Better" vs. Better
by Alfman on Tue 13th Dec 2011 20:48 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: "Better" vs. Better"
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Taking a position on whether to rewrite/maintain code can be a precarious decision ;)

Any objections to the following exception: All applications written as a visual basic 6 VBDs must be rewritten at all costs.

I have a client still maintaining VBDs for their client. The code is in a terrible spaghetti-like mess, typical of VBDs. The problem is, they don't want to revel how bad the code is since they wrote it.

Edited 2011-12-13 20:49 UTC

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