[Python-ideas] Modern language design survey for "assign and compare" statements

Brendan Barnwell brenbarn at brenbarn.net
Mon May 21 21:45:58 EDT 2018

On 2018-05-21 12:11, Chris Angelico wrote:
> Much more useful would be to look at languages that (a) work in a
> field where programmers have ample freedom to choose between
> languages, and (b) have been around long enough to actually
> demonstrate that people want to use them. Look through the Stack
> Overflow Developer Survey's report on languages:
> https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2018/#most-loved-dreaded-and-wanted
> A "Wanted" language is one that many developers say "I don't currently
> use, but I would like to". (It may also be a language that has
> murdered semicolons. I believe the bounty on JavaScript's head is
> quite high now.) Go through that list and you'll get an idea of what
> people wish they could use; then toss out anything that hasn't been
> around for at least 10 years, because there's a tendency for new
> technologies to be over-represented in a "Wanted" listing (partly
> because fewer programmers already know them, and partly because people
> want to try the latest toys). That may give you a better list of
> languages to compare against.

	I'd say that also has limited usefulness.  The problem is that people 
may "want" to learn a language for many reasons, and "the language made 
good design choices" is only one such reason.  A lot of people may want 
to use JavaScript because it's hip or in demand or because they can (or 
think they can) make money with it.  But I'm not so interested in that. 
  What interests me is: what are the languages that people specifically 
believe are superior to other languages *in design*?  (Even better would 
be what are the languages that actually ARE superior, in some reasonably 
nonsubjective, definable, way, but we have even less data on that.)

Brendan Barnwell
"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no 
path, and leave a trail."
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