[plt-scheme] A first experiment with HTDP

From: Noel Welsh (noelwelsh at gmail.com)
Date: Wed Jul 2 10:27:12 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM, Michael Vanier <mvanier at cs.caltech.edu> wrote:

> I recently talked to a programmer who said that even using _python_ on
> commercial projects makes a lot of people (= investors and managers) very
> nervous.  They want programs to be written in a language like java where
> programmers are essentially just replaceable and disposable cogs in a giant
> machine.  The notion that a good programmer can do the work of ten bad ones
> seems to be lost on these people.  Of course, you have to treat the good
> programmer well so he won't leave, and maybe that's the problem.

This attitude certainly holds, but only in part of the marketplace
(the very risk adverse part).  That's ok because, if a language is
ever to gain commercial traction, these people will be the last adopt
it.  So, basically, what they think is irrelevant.  It's the startups
and others who are more accepting of risk that you want to get on your


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