[Python-Dev] Common runtime sociology
Wed, 8 Aug 2001 23:08:56 -0400
> It is my gut feeling that the only way to get to a common runtime (if it
> is possible at all) is to take the development out of the hands of any
> language group and put it in a trusted third party's hands.
Na. There are two ways it can happen:
1. A well-funded project with this as one of its primary goals.
2. Any sort of project, funded or not, whose lead(s) is(are) obsessed
with making it happen.
#1 may be close to MS .NET's approach, proving in part that the "common" in
"common runtime" is still a matter of manipulable definition <wink>. Put in
many hands, it's the Industry Consortia model, famous for producing large
If it's just an afterthought, or a "nice to have", or even a "it's one of
the last things we'll give up -- but, ya, in the end it's expendable", it
really has slim chance of surviving the difficulties.
#2 is the best shot. Alas, few people can *decide* to become an insane
visionary and make it stick <wink>.
craziness-is-a-gift-from-the-gods-ly y'rs - tim