On Tuesday 09 April 2002 01:51, Tim Peters wrote:
... Judging by languages such as C or C++, stability seems paramount; yet Java churned a lot and still managed to spread a lot too (not without a lot of help from high-$$$ marketing efforts, though).
Not to be cynical <wink>, but what those all have in common is the visible backing of multi-billion dollar companies. Ditto Visual Basic
Not an issue of being cynical -- it's just a fact that C enjoyed no "visible backing" from AT&T (or did you have some other corp in mind?) to help it gain mindshare, and neither did C++.
If "backing from multi-billion dollar corps" mattered as much as you seem to think we'd all be using PL/? or maybe some APL. Or do you forget who DID back _those_, and how much Big Blue dominated the computer scene until not-all-that-many years ago?