Thoughts on language-level configuration support?

David Stanek dstanek at
Tue Mar 31 08:54:29 CEST 2009

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:40 AM, jfager <jfager at> wrote:
> I've written a short post on including support for configuration down
> at the language level, including a small preliminary half-functional
> example of what this might look like in Python, available at
> The basic idea is that a language could offer syntactic support for
> declaring configurable points in the program.  The language system
> would then offer an api to allow the end user to discover a programs
> configuration service, as well as a general api for providing
> configuration values.

What value does this have over simply having a configuration file. In
your load testing application you could have easily checked for the
settings in a config object. I think that the discover-ability of
configuration can be handled with example configs and documentation.


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