proposal for full application scripting language in KDE 4

Scott Wheeler wheeler at
Sat Oct 7 22:07:46 BST 2006

On Saturday 07 October 2006 22:28, you wrote:

> Am I the only one that thinks that there is no "reasonable winner" but two
> of them?

I think it's clear that the benefits of having a preferred language or 
languages diminishes the greater the number that are "preferred".

To phrase things another way, if we were to have the same vote on languages to 
communicate in in KDE I suspect we'd also have two winners:  English and 
German.  But it's clear that things get more complicated when people start 
sending German posts to the list.  And they get even more complicated when we 
allow English, German and Dutch.  And a bit more when we say English, German, 
Dutch and French.

So we have subcommunities that function in those languages and a common base 
in English.

Now the question really is, "How many (programming) languages can we allow in 
our base before things get really confusing?"  And it's complicated by the 
fact that we have other things to think about like quality of the bindings, 
of the packages and so on.

Right now it seems the consensus is "At least two." (C++ and some scripting 
language) and I'm reasonably convinced that three makes things harder, not 
easier than two.



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