Why is python not written in C++ ?
invalid at invalid.invalid
Wed Aug 4 04:41:01 CEST 2010
On 2010-08-04, Paul Rubin <no.email at nospam.invalid> wrote:
> Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid.invalid> writes:
>> Yep, I've installed Gnat a couple times with the intention of playing
>> around with it, but there's pretty much zero chance I could sell it
>> at the office in place of C/C++ for embedded stuff,
> I wonder what the issues are.
The issue that would prevent its use where I work is the inability to
hire anybody who knows Ada. You can't hire anybody who knows C++
either, but you can hire lots of people who claim they do. [I'm not
convinced that there are more than about 6 people on the planet who
know C++ well enough that they should be writing real projects in it.]
That said, the last time I looked the Ada spec was only something like
100 pages long, so a case could be made that it won't take long to
learn. I don't know how long the C++ language spec is, but I'm
betting it's closer to 1000 than 100. But I failed when I tried to
get people to use Python, so I doubt I'd have any better luck with
> From everything I've heard, it's a pretty good compiler.
I think it's probably a very good compiler. It's the compiler users
that are the issue.
> It does ok against C/C++ in the Alioth shootouts. I haven't written
> anything in it beyond "hello world" but I've looked at the wikibook
> about it and that intro piece that I linked earlier. It's more
> verbose than C,
The verbosity always bugged me a little. To my eyes all the sugar
gets in the way of seeing the code. Somebody should invent a language
where indentation defines the blocks.
> so coding in it takes more keystrokes, but it looks to me like the
> general coding approach (modulo the extra keystrokes) should be
> similar to that of C, Algol, and so on, and the results should be
> quite a bit more reliable.
> Mozilla is fed up with C++ and seems to be working on its own language,
> called Rust:
Great! The world needs one more computer language...
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