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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I think he means that the Expert Java Programmers will become the Average Java Programmers because all the rank-and-file will have abandoned Java.
    • Well yes, that’s the letter of what he says. But what is it supposed to mean? He seems to imply it’s a bad thing somehow, as if the skills of expert Java programmers will diminish or something. That makes no sense.

      His statement is either tautological or nonsensical.

      • I think he's expressing his concerns that the language will become a niche, of only interest to language experts.

        I agree with many of your criticisms of his article, but I think he has a point that is well worth observing in some situations. Sometimes, language designers develop features to please themselves, with little attention to the needs of working programmers.

        I think Hoare (?) observed this long ago stating that no language feature should be standardized until it gets significant practice behind it