Michael Hudson mwh21 at
Sun May 7 18:23:22 EDT 2000

Vetle Roeim <vetler at> writes:

> * Harry George
> > I like the look-and-feel of the gtk-based balsa emailer.  But it has
> > classic C-based crashes in the current pre-release.  I was wondering
> > if anyone knows of a python-based rendition?  A lot of replicated
> > funcionality, I know, but I hate non-gc'd languages.
> I really can't understand why someone would *want* to write an
> application like this in C. It makes me angry and frustrated.
> It could probably have been done faster and better in Python.
> Sorry about this.. I just had to let out some steam.

Well, they could have done it in C++...

I agree wholeheartedly with you.  To me, implementing a MUA in C/C++
is just silly.  Use Python, use scheme, use lisp, use smalltalk, use
ocaml, use tcl, use perl (shudder) - use just about anything else, and
you're pretty likely to end up with a better, more stable solution

Mind you, I hate all forms of GUI programming, some I'm not going to
write that killer MUA in Python ... it does surprise me that noone has
written one yet though.  Or maybe they have, and I just don't know
about it?


81. In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living
    definition of the word "frustration".
     -- Alan Perlis,

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