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Re: my main worry

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-05-18 02:09:18 CEST

On Fri, May 17, 2002 at 05:41:10PM -0400, Dean Hiller wrote:
>...
> ps why C instead of Java or C++?

Why not? Your question implies that choosing C instead of the others was a
poor choice. :-)

We chose C for a number of reasons:

- more people know C and are willing to contribute to C-based applications;
  the theory here being that we could have a larger community of
  contributors than if we had chosen Lisp, Python, C++, or Java (all of
  these were considered at various points in time)

- C libraries can be called from *everything*; it is much more difficult to
  call a Java library from Perl (while a C library from Perl or Java is
  quite easy).

- it was the best common denominator between the original set of coders (and
  remains so)

etc etc, that I haven't thought of, offhand.

Cheers,
-g

-- 
Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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