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Re: RFA: sbuild -- Tool for building Debian binary packages from Debian sources


On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 07:01:39PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:

> If there are no better qualified volunteers, I'm willing to take over
> sbuild.  Does Francesco Paolo Love no longer want to do it?
> I have started on a rewrite in C++, though it's still in the early
> stages.  What I need most is a clear explaation of how to calculate
> the build dependencies/conflicts--I've not got my head around all that
> Perl yet!  This includes merging central src deps.  In it's current
> (Perl) state, I don't feel I could do a good job--it needs rewriting
> (with more comments!!) in a language that will allow better
> maintenance.

Do really think that C++ programs inherently allows better maintenance
than Perl programs?

I highly doubt that. There's nothing in Perl that makes it hard to
maintain; it allows as much encapsulation and other OO-isms to provide
the same extra maintainability that you can get from the OO features of

Maintainability is a feature of the software you write, much more than
of the language you write your software in.

I also think that Perl is much more powerful for these text processing
jobs. The actual reason seems more that you understand C++ better than
Perl. But if you're any good at C++, you'd probably be able to lean to
write maintainable Perl in weeks if not days.



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