Dear colleagues, I am starting to write netconf , finally. Or rather, I would if I could settle on a language. If netconf is ever going to replace ifupdown, it would need to have a low footprint and few dependencies. This clearly suggests C/C++ as the language of choice. 0. http://netconf.alioth.debian.org However, C/C++ make extreme programming rather difficult as it's hard to make large-scale changes due to the strict typing and stuff like lack of garbage collection or seamless exception handling. I am not here to bash C/C++, but you might agree that high-level languages such as Python are much better suited for mockup implementations, when the overall structure and logic of a programme is not yet set in stone. Since I want netconf released early and often, and I'll be reusing a lot of shell script logic at first, throwing stuff around until the logical structure and type definitions are adequate, I am considering starting first in Python and later, when it's All Done(tm), port the application to C++. I am a well-versed C++ coder and I know which things are possible in Python but not in C++, so if I avoid those, this seems like a possible approach. But I am asking you still: can you think of anything to say against such an approach? Please don't flame languages or anything of that sort. The question is just: is it viable for a C++ coder with a Python proficiency to mockup a new application in Python first? Thanks for comments, -- Please do not send copies of list mail to me; I read the list! .''`. martin f. krafft <email@example.com> : :' : proud Debian developer, author, administrator, and user `. `'` http://people.debian.org/~madduck - http://debiansystem.info `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing systems micro$oft encrypts your windows nt password when stored on a windows ce device. but if you look carefully at their encryption algorithm, they simply xor the password with "susageP", Pegasus spelled backwards. Pegasus is the code name of windows ce. this is so pathetic it's staggering.
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