General language standards guidence

Bill Frantz frantz at pwpconsult.com
Sun Oct 2 10:23:40 PDT 2011


On 9/30/11 at 11:01, rnystrom at google.com (Bob Nystrom) wrote:
>On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM, Brendan Eich <brendan at mozilla.com> wrote:
>>
>>It's future-proof. Rather do less and get it right than over-reach and
>>regret the stuff that we got wrong.
>>
>
>Ah, that makes sense.

 From C.A.R.Hoare's 1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture:

"When any new language design project is nearing completion, 
there is always a mad rush to get new features added before 
standardization. The rush is mad indeed, because it leads into a 
trap from which there is no escape. A feature which is omitted 
can always be added later, when its design and its implications 
are well understood. A feature which is included before it is 
fully understood can never be removed later."

Cheers - Bill

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