nALFS programming details

Matthew Burgess matthew at
Tue Aug 10 10:21:01 PDT 2004

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 13:17:58 -0400
Jeremy Huntwork <jhuntwork at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2004-08-10 at 12:18 -0500, James Robertson wrote:
> > My only comment on this is I think that selecting programming
> > language now is too early.  Let's get a clear requirements
> > definition written first and then with that we all can come up with
> > the best implementation by language and tool sets.  Actually, if a
> > good requirements definition is written, it should not matter what
> > it is implemented in.  This will definitely help those folks that
> > might want to write their own front end client - say for X, windoze,
> > or a web browser.
> I agree very much with James.  Some of the comments already posted
> have seemed to present one language over another simply because of
> user preference, and not any real technical merit.  Find out *exactly*
> what you need to build, list languages that can produce what you need
> and then start providing reasons why one would be a better tool in
> this instance.

I made an initial stab at this earlier on.  See my comments on the
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