Could Python supplant Java?

Donal K. Fellows donal.k.fellows at man.ac.uk
Tue Aug 27 12:12:26 CEST 2002


d2002xx wrote:
>>> An unstable operating system is the OS's fault.  Application
>>> developers cannot be held responsible for an unstable OS.
>> Unlike kernel driver (or other kernel module) developers, who can
>> cause all sorts of havoc with great ease on any system.  ;^)
> 
> Hmmm.... Would you tell me what the ";^)" means?

Well, it could mean all sorts of things.  However, in this case I'd assess it to
mean something like "So don't get cocky and think that your personal choice of
programming poison makes you all that great, yammerhead."  Maybe also "While it
is fair to blame an OS for many things, as soon as foreign code is added to the
OS in a priviledged position, the OS developers are perfectly entitled to wash
their hands of the whole business.  And yet without that extra code, the system
might not work at all, so you're caught between the proverbial rock and hard
place."

High quality software's a good idea, but precious few people want to pay what it
costs to get it.  :^/  (Which is to be interpreted as a wry smile.)

Donal.
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