also sprach Michael Alan Dorman <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2007.05.30.1816 +0200]: > Planning to write the application twice seems to me to presume > more time and continued enthusiasm than is perhaps realistic, > especially since your plans seem fairly ambitious---having to slog > through the last 10% of the application not once but twice seems > masochistic. It does. I was hoping someone else would do the porting. :) > Also, for the transition from the python to C/C++ versions to be smooth > enough to not penalize early adopters, it seems to me that they would > both have to have comprehensive test suites, otherwise you risk having > small incompatibilities. Again, everyone's least favorite bits, done > twice. Well, comprehensive test suites they should have anyway. It's absolutely not my least favourite bit after having read Kent Beck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development > It seems to me like your chances of real success would be greater > if you wrote it once in Python---which will be much more > productive than any C/C++---and then spent the time you would have > spent rewriting it in C/C++ lobbying to get python in base, which > would probably make a lot of other people very happy. Well, depending on what Python I need, this may or may not be possible. Then again, I should really aim for python-minimal, just to make sure it *could* be ported to C++. > For that matter, figure out what other perl dependencies there are > in base, rewrite them all in python so that perl could be dropped > from base (as a way to bolster your argument) and you'll still > probably be done before you would writing the app twice. debconf? adduser? No thanks. :) -- 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 windoze is the one-night-stand of operating systems; you feel so cheap after having used it.
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