[Haskell-cafe] Compiling To C And Why Not Compiling To Java Or C#?

Antonio Cangiano acangiano at gmail.com
Sat Aug 5 16:24:47 EDT 2006

On 8/5/06, Piotr Kalinowski <pitkali at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, yes. I'm simply not sure if making changes only to reach more and
> more people is good.

These changes are good as long as they possibly add something valuable
beside popularity and they don't introduce significant downsides. My point
was that the act of striving to increase the popularity of one's favourite
language, it is neither a negative nor an unnatural pursuit. I agree though
that it should be done intelligently and with a broader aim in mind.

> I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean. Would you care to elaborate
on it?

Sure. I meant that among small communities some individuals feel "special"
for being part of these elite groups. It's a way to feel different, better,
or something along these lines. Therefore they are afraid of any attempt to
considerably increase the popularity of their group, because in their minds
they would loose their special status (they can't brag they're Haskell
hackers if the rest of the world programs in Haskell as well).

My Ruby blog: http://antoniocangiano.com
My Italian community: http://www.visualcsharp.it
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