Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:15 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "Programming languages are living phenomena: They're born, the lucky ones that don't die in infancy live sometimes long, fruitful lives, and then inevitably enter a period of decline. Unlike real life, the decline can last many, many years as the presence of large legacy codebases means practiced hands must tend the code for decades. The more popular the language once was, the longer this period of decline will be."
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RE[3]: Comment by RareBreed
by RareBreed on Wed 16th Jan 2013 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by RareBreed"
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2011-10-10

Perhaps FP is a special case, but it only takes one mutable piece of data or a function with a side effect to make it useless (in a concurrent/parallel context).

So I agree that single paradigm languages have their place. Also, many of the things done in OOP can be done in FP but using a different way of thinking.

And I think that is the crux of the problem. People don't want to have to learn a new way of thinking. They are ok with learning new API's or even new languages that fit their mold (OO, imperative, Relational, logical etc), but having to think in a new way is too much work for many people.

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