Thursday, July 21, 2005

Comparing programming languages

I think that Stroustrup's comment on comparing programming languages gives the rest of us a welcomed rest from trying to do so :)

"Language comparisons are rarely meaningful and even less often fair. A good comparison of major programming languages requires more effort than most people are willing to spend, experience in a wide range of application areas, a rigid maintenance of a detached and impartial point of view, and a sense of fairness." (p.5 in The Design and Evolution of C++)


Anonymous said...

But still sometimes we need to recommend or decide on a programming language to use.

I think often the choice will based on non-technical issues because practical things like industry support, availability of programmers with knowledge and so on will influence the decision.

regards -Finnur

Ari said...

I agree, the deciding factors should rather be the ones you list.