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- Subject: Re: Making Lua accessible to everyone
- From: Albert Krewinkel <albert+lua@...>
- Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 22:01:27 +0100
James Darnley writes:
> On 12/11/2020, Sorn Županić Maksumić <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> The reason I'm sending this email is that I want to
>> make Lua accessible to everyone, especially beginners.
> Why? Popularity ruins everything.
Couple of reasons:
* Makes it easier to justify using Lua in a program;
* less effort required to teach users;
* higher popularity means more devs means more people doing cool stuff
(I like cool stuff);
* being popular can lead to support through big companies, which,
again, leads to better language infra.
Take Haskell, which has the motto "avoid success at all costs". I think
it is a good motto when parsed as "avoid (success at all costs)."
Ruining things for the sake of being popular is no fun. Being popular
for one's awesomeness seems great though.
I want my languages to be good, but I also enjoy to see my code being
*used*. Being able to condescendingly tell people about how my obscure
language is far superior is pretty far down on my list of priorities.[^1]
[^1]: OK, fine. I *may* sometimes get that snobbish facial expression
bad parts". But that's entirely Lua's fault. ;)
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