Language war: real stuff

23 05 2007

One of the bright side of flame wars between the languages is, they gives the community some real stuff at the end. We love it when people who really knows the ins and outs of the languages/platforms speaks up and one can actually get to know the gotchas and strengths of the languages and the tools.

One of my friends was researching for quite some times about what development medium to choose for their new top secret startup. He is a Python guy, but initially was very interested with Ruby on Rails (RoR) for speedy development and easier maintainability in mind. Then the twitter debate came up and people spoke about the scalability and other issues with RoR. Now he is thinking of going after Django or TurboGears.

And now there is another controversy (if I may call it that. or, “friendly discussion” perhaps?) going on about Perl. Bugzilla, the largest open source project that uses Perl, has announced that they might move to some other medium rather than Perl, because they think Perl is less maintainable! Then chromatic from onLamp followed up. The debate and related articles is really worth following. The comments and replies to these posts are more important for me. IMO the community is helping itself to find out the right tools for the right trades. I read for long. I think I will follow up this post with another one later to write my perceptions and findings. Readers, keep exploring!

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3 08 2007
On programming and ruby « House of Postmodern

[…] My Half-Life2: Language war: real stuffStill having language wars amongst your friends? Well don’t get too bent up over it, “Language war: real stuff” points out that languages-wars serve as a collective debate over the designs of current languages, highlighting their successes and areas that need improvement. Language Wars also help introduce people to new languages and programming paradigms. The post also links to other fascinating discussions on the pros/cons of the various programming languages of our times. […]

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