No silver bullets? (was Re: Could Python supplant Java?)

Aahz aahz at
Wed Aug 21 23:23:57 EDT 2002

In article <3D642BD2.4BE73B58 at>,
Peter Hansen  <peter at> wrote:
>That may be, but I think he's out of date.  I believe there are
>potential silver bullets(*) these days, although the measurements are
>still arriving so it's not possible to draw firm conclusions just
>yet.  In fact, some of us plan to avoid drawing firm conclusions until
>we've milked them for all they're worth, since it's a nice competitive
>advantage for us. :)
>* Silver bullet defined as that which can deliver an order-of-magnitude
>improvement in productivity, reliability, and simplicity, per comments
>I saw in the linked article:

Enh.  If you're referring to
then I'm not so sure.  Brad Cox talks about the glories of the
capitalist system for regulating the manufacture of goods; while much of
what is he says is correct, he ignores the fact the current system hides
much of the actual costs (particularly to the environment, but also the
human cost).  That makes his argument much less compelling to me.
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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