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Re: OT: programming languages

Joe wrote:
On Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:46:58 +0100
Tom Furie <tom@furie.org.uk> wrote:

On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 11:41:57PM -0400, Steve Litt wrote:

Programming belongs on any Linux list, especially since a lot of
times you need to code to get things done. Dare you to configure
dwm without coding.
However, there is a difference between discussing code in the context
of a solution to a problem and discussing coding and langauges in

Indeed, but the name of the list is 'debian-user', not 'Debian': it's
about us, not about the OS. A subject is off-topic here if it is [likely
to be] of no concern to Debian users, not merely if it is not specific
to the Debian operating system.

Debian users might well be interested in better ways to administer and
configure their Debian systems, even when such methods are not
applicable *only* to Debian.

And the point was made elsewhere recently that many/most of us are
computer *users*, not developers or full-time administrators. If you
have only time to read one or two technical lists, it makes sense to
read those which are specific to your operating system(s), rather than
pick from hundreds covering various languages, applications and
computer science topics.

Given that Linux in general, and Debian in specific is probably more frequently used on servers than on desktops, and many who use Debian are also developers and their own system administrators, I would suggest that that anyone who installs, administers, develops on, and/or develops for Debian IS a "debian-user."

I would also suggest that, given that Debian has it's own foibles when it comes to packaging, file system layout, system services (can you say systemd?), configuration, and so forth, the details of how different language environments work, when deployed on Debian, and perhaps which ones are more commonly used in the Debian environment can be important topics of discussion (e.g., FAI incorporates shell and Perl scripts, and seems to be migrating to cfengine). If one is planning a new install, that kind of thing might be of interest (it certainly is to me).

So please... get of your high horse.

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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