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[REBOL] Language Popularity & Network Effects; Ruby & Mongrel

From: edoconnor::gmail::com at: 20-Nov-2007 9:57

A few interesting reads I stumbled upon recently: 1. You Work in a Fashion Industry ...if you want to introduce a language, you don't concentrate on making it a good language, you try to persuade the herd of programmers, PMs and tool vendors that your language is the Next Big Thing. The important point here is not how much the language will do for productivity, quality and cost, it is to create the perception that everyone else thinks that this language will be the next big thing. There are two ways to do this.... 2. Interview with Zed Shaw, the author of Mongrel, the ruby webserver. What I found most interesting is how motivated the community is, and how they worked to fix some of ruby's problems with arrays and threads. Regards, Ed