Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why blog about designing a programming language?

So why did I decide to start this blog? Designing a new language is a long process, but it is hard to find someone who is willing to sit down and discuss it. Those who like to design languages generally have their own strong biases, and the discussions tend to be more distracting than satisfying, because there are so many good answers to any interesting language design question. Those who don't have any interest in designing a new language tend to lack the patience to even talk about it, as they believe we already have more than enough programming languages, and all we need are better tools, better processes, and better training to be more productive and to achieve higher quality.

So writing a blog seems like a nice way to record the process, to perhaps get some feedback (though that may be optimistic), and to hopefully make progress by being forced to actually get the ideas down onto "paper."

That's probably enough meta-discussion for now. In the next post I plan to dive into the technical issues.

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