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- Subject: Re: Breakthrough dream
- From: Peter Aronoff <telemachus@...>
- Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:27:31 -0400
Rodrigo Azevedo <email@example.com> wrote:
> This is not an exclusion, but C libraries are harder to maintain than "Pure
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but really? Why? I’ve never
thought of it as being the case—again from experience with other languages.
What I have seen is that *any* library in a language’s stdlib often ends up
being maintained more slowly, and less well, than non-stdlib equivalents.
In fact, in both Perl and Ruby, people often joke that stdlib is where good
libraries go to die. I’m not sure entirely why that is, but I suspect it
has to do with the politics and complexities of being part of the official
package of a language. I’ve read similar things re Python, but that’s not
a language I know as well personally.
We have not been faced with the need to satisfy someone else's
requirements, and for this freedom we are grateful.
Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, The UNIX Time-Sharing System