language choice of alfs

Hui Zhou zhouhui at
Sun Dec 19 12:24:13 PST 2004

On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 08:42:12PM +0100, Boris Buegling wrote:
>On 19.12.2004, Jeremy Huntwork created this extraordinary piece of modern 
>>better choice, though I know there were comments made here and there. I 
>>don't want to have the language decision based on personal preference, 
>>but on what is best for alfs.
>I don't want to sound rude, but as far as I know, we have two coders 
>right now, Jamie Bennett and myself, and we both agreed on using C, so 
>did you. 

To projects that are supported by volunteers, the actual developers 
are valuable. So the final decision will be up to the actual 
developers' preferences (as I said before).

>If the other people making suggestions do not actually want to 
>take part in development, they shouldn't have a say on what language it 
>will be written in. 

I never intended to make suggestions. I just put an candidate into the 
pond in case the developers (the actual coder) neglected to consider. 
And I did that only because the earlier decision was accompanied with 
some moot arguments. If it is a coder's choice, then it is not a 
decision and doesn't need arguments, because it is as is and there is 
nothing to be decide upon.

The decision is always up to the actual developers. But do the 
developers would prefer to keep the mailinglist (the dev-list) to them 
self privately?

>It is important that the actual coders feel 
>comfortable with the language that is used, not the users. If the 
>decision will be against C, I will not be able to participate in coding 
>the new tool.

On the other hand, it seems that with python or other languages, some  
potential volunteers (that are not comfortable with C) may join or  
take more active part in the development. So again, the final decision 
should be made mainly based on the availibility of actual coders and 
experiences or preferences they have.


Hui Zhou

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