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September 2004
October 2004

2004-09-29 »

Scripting Languages and Reliability

Since I've said this to several people at work in the last few days and nobody has had the heart to disagree with me, I will now open myself up to public flaming and see if that helps.

My assertion: it is totally impossible make really reliable, high-performance programs (like oh, say, idb backup) in a language other than C/C++ (and maybe ADA and C#, but I'll reserve judgement for now). This includes, but is certainly not limited to: python, perl, shell, java, tcl, and php. Especially python. And really especially PHP.

My evidence: nobody has ever written a reliable, high-performance program in any of those languages.

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