Cross language discussion

Andreas Rossberg rossberg at
Wed Jul 1 13:15:34 UTC 2015

On 1 July 2015 at 14:37, Benjamin Gruenbaum <benjamingr at> wrote:

> So, this is something that has been bothering me for a while now.
> The TC, and the mailing list is full of some really smart people. However,
> smart people can overlook things too and smart people can spend months in a
> debate that other people already thought about.
> Other languages have open processes too, other languages have mailing
> lists and working groups and much of the same discussions we do.
> -----
> I think it would be really awesome if a small subgroup of the TC could do
> a monthly or bi-monthly chat (hangouts, skype, in person, whatever) with
> working groups from other languages.
> I have talked to several PHP-Internals people and they are generally in
> favour. Knowing some of these people they have a ton to contribute - if we
> could save just a single debate or understand a domain better it'd be worth
> it IMO.
> What do you guys think?

Quite a few members of TC39 are already deeply involved in various other
language communities, although I don't know about PHP in particular. That
has often proved helpful. In general, anybody on a language committee ought
to have a certain degree of knowledge and interest in a broader variety of
languages. OTOH, I believe that individual cross involvement is far more
fertile than unfocussed group meetings.

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