[Haskell-cafe] Comments requested: succ Java

John A. De Goes john at n-brain.net
Tue Sep 29 09:58:01 EDT 2009

It's the early adopters who develop the first libraries that pull in  
ever wider audiences. Yes, the early adopters are drawn by the syntax  
of the language, but commercial adoption doesn't come until it's  
economically competitive to do so. And that doesn't happen until the  
library market is booming and/or they can seamlessly reuse existing  
assets (that's what the JVM languages discovered: if you allow people  
to use what they already have, in a seamless fashion, incrementally  
building new stuff using the new language, then you can dramatically  
shorten the time between early adoption and mass adoption).


John A. De Goes
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On Sep 28, 2009, at 11:01 AM, Jason Dusek wrote:

> 2009/09/28 John A. De Goes <john at n-brain.net>:
>> Libraries are _everything_...
>  Not exactly. Python would never have gotten a foothold over
>  Perl, nor Java over C, if cleaner language semantics weren't
>  enough for some shops or certain applications.
> --
> Jason Dusek

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