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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
REBOL to go open-source
Posted Dec 15, 2012 3:01 UTC (Sat) by jmorris42 (subscriber, #2203)
Note that there is no source release of the stable version, it is strictly a quid pro quo deal, you open source folks want this ya gotta bail me out.
Looks like an interesting langage but still not seeing why I'd pick it. The graphic subsystem is less useful than Tk and the language isn't really better than tcl, just different. Lacking a serious modern compiler I really doubt it would execute code faster than tcl but admit I haven't had time to even try benchmarking it.
Again, the langauge has apparently been around a long time but as a closed one person vanity project it couldn't harness the community like tcl, perl, python, etc. could and it shows badly. It would require a lot of effort to bring up to scratch and the argument isn't compelling. Worse it doesn't have the vast external libraries to compete with perl, python, php, etc.
Do like the single self contained executable that consumes less than 5MB of total vss to get to a command prompt. So it does have the advantage of being very well suited to small environments.... but we are quickly hitting a point where arm machines have loads of ram because somebody thought java apps would be a good idea for phones.
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