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Re: Python or Perl for a Debian maintainance project?

On Sun, Feb 22, 2004 at 10:39:56PM +0100, Florent Rougon wrote:
> Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> wrote:
> > And yet in the real world, it's the kind that gets left unfixed, while
> > the latter kind does not. Resulting in a lot of code that crashes and
> > burns for things that really didn't matter. I'd rather have a daemon
> > silently ignore an error than die for a non-error.
> I would be ROTFL if you were not a Debian developer (how the hell was it
> possible in the first place?).
> Any sane programmer knows that silent errors are the worst thing they
> can face, because you don't know precisely when they happen (by
> definition, since they are silent), but the program is malfunctioning,
> or breaks other software while it is very difficult to find the cause;
> because it is indirect; because the program didn't abort when the error
> took place; because you are unable to reproduce the bug.
> Go get a "Programming for dummies" book or something like that and stop
> wasting everyone's time.

Any experienced programmer knows that it is better to not crash than
to crash. You really shouldn't be using IDG's "for dummies" series,
it's not very good.

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