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- Subject: Re: Lua voices
- From: Sean Conner <sean@...>
- Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 19:37:01 -0400
It was thus said that the Great Dibyendu Majumdar once stated:
> But to be honest, only the Lua
> team would qualify as the few capable of language design. The rest of
> us: do we have anything to show that would qualify us as great
> language designers?
What makes a language designer "great"?
I really hate the notion that only a select few people are capable of
designing a language. I don't think anyone here will claim that Bill Gates
is a "great" language designer, yet his BASIC language was arguably one of
the most successful languages in use (Apple ][, Atari, Commodore, Tandy,
IBM, all used Microsoft BASIC). C has problems (many problems) and if the
consensus on Hacker News  or Lobsters  are any indication, anyone
using C should be arrested (at best), so that leaves out K & R as "great"
language designers. I personally despise the philosophy of Java and Go 
so I don't consider Gosling or Pike to be "great" language designers  (I
would also throw Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, in with this
group---he too, does not trust programmers).
Larry Wall  was a *linguist*, not a computer scientist and yet
people *love* Perl (or loved---it's considered "legacy" these days). And a
lack of programming experience never stopped Rasmus Lerdorf  from
Anyone can create a programming language. The trick is getting people to
-spc (*I* even created a language while in college! It's not that hard)
 Don't trust the programmer with any advanced features; they're too
dumb to understand and the advanced features will be abused.
 The have large corporations pushing their agenda unto us.
 Creator of Perl.