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Re: To gh_ or not to gh_?

From: Jeff Read
Subject: Re: To gh_ or not to gh_?
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 23:31:33 -0400
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On Thu, May 10, 2001 at 04:27:57PM -0400, Sam Tregar wrote:
> Because RMS said so?  Using google searches to follow broken links from
> the Guile docs I recently read the "TCL wars" archives.  RMS uses the
> language-angnosticism of his proposed GNU scripting language as a major
> retorical point justifying a new language.  If you read his statements
> literally it sounds as though Guile should be handling TCL, C and Python
> by now (Perl was also mentioned, but that's pure fantasy)...  Has this
> goal been discarded?  Postponed?

I don't know how the Guile developers feel but it seems to me as though 
Microsoft .NET got there sooner, and did it better. At least, that's the 
perception, as everybody and their brother (even the Perl and Python guys) are 
rallying behind .NET as THE cross-platform, language-agnostic development 
solution. (There is even a .NET Scheme implementation somewhere...)

It's pretty amazing that RMS set forth these lofty goals for Guile, and years 
later all that most anybody uses it for is a damned fine embedded or standalone 
Scheme interpreter (which it is... damned fine, that is). As for me, I don't 
care if Guile never groks Perl or Tcl code; I'd rather build programs with it 
than with .NET any day.

Jeff Read <address@hidden>
Unix Code Artist, Anime Fan, Really Cool Guy

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