Kubuntu a dist in crisis?
derek at pointerstop.ca
Fri Oct 30 14:54:35 UTC 2009
Steve Lamb wrote:
> Chris Jones wrote:
>> The bottom line is "each to your own", everyone has their own favorite
>> language, and generalized statements about how one is faster to code in
>> than the other are nonsense.
> This patently false and easily demonstrable. If it were true why
> would we need any of the other languages past assembly? Indeed, why
> any new languages, anywhere, at all?
You're talking _specifics_, not generalizations. We need high-level
languages (in general) because they are easier to code in, but we don't need
Python instead of Fortran _for every task_. Some things will be easier to
write in one language than another. If we tried to make something that
handled _all_ tasks equally well, we'd probably have Assembler :-) So, no,
your hypothesis is not only not easily demonstrable, but I think easily
disproven - all we have to do is find a single case where any action
requires fewer statements in one language than another to show a use where
the first language is better; then find a reverse case for the same two
languages. And that, of course, only deals with the actual ease of
programming - there are still efficiencies to be gained for specific
functions written in specific languages (which is why so much of python
invokes C behind the curtain).
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