Unix and C

Franklin Johnston fpjohnston at gmail.com
Sun May 5 07:15:36 PDT 2013

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 2:04 AM, Tracy Reed <treed at ultraviolet.org> wrote:

> On Fri, May 03, 2013 at 10:56:14PM PDT, Franklin Johnston spake thusly:
> > I had no agenda here. I only mentioned OOP because it seems to be the
> > bleeding edge for programming languages at the moment.
> Wah? OOP was bleeding edge for programming languages in the late 80's.
> I'm really not sure what bleeding edge for programming languages is now.
> I'm
> tempted to say functional or purely functional but even those projects have
> been around since the 80's and are only on my radar now because they have
> gained a tiny amoung of popularity.

That was kind of my point.

> > I think another issue with such languages as Java is that they aren't
> > compiled but are rather interpreted. I don't know that that would work
> for
> > an O/S either.
> This distinction means less and less. Particularly in Java's case. I
> compile my
> Java before I run it whereupon it is compiled again "JIT" to native machine
> code.

So, what I'm hearing is that my guesses as to why other languages besides C
aren't being used for operating systems are incorrect. Maybe it's just that
there isn't much development of new operating systems, and therefore no
pressing need to consider other languages?

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