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Yet Lua is much more used than Guile..
The number of users is not all that matters (otherwise this would be 'Windows Weekly News' not 'Linux Weekly News') but it still something to keep in mind to see if something is a success or a failure..
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Posted Nov 26, 2012 14:16 UTC (Mon) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Posted Nov 26, 2012 14:20 UTC (Mon) by cmm (guest, #81305)
Yes, Lua is currently more used than Guile. You may want to consider that when Guile just started, everybody wondered "why not TCL?" or "why not Perl?". Later it got more like "why not Python?", and now it's "why not Lua?".
The X in "why not X?" keeps changing, and Guile is still there. :)
Also, as I said, surface syntax is really the least important thing in an extension/configuration language.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 14:33 UTC (Mon) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
So? Perl or Python are still much, much more used than Guile..
> Also, as I said, surface syntax is really the least important thing in an extension/configuration language.
You said it but it's not necessarily true: it's very likely that the syntax is a big part of the reasons why the Lisp family has so few users..
Posted Nov 26, 2012 14:37 UTC (Mon) by cmm (guest, #81305)
Posted Nov 26, 2012 16:34 UTC (Mon) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
Because it's quite relevant. When guile was starting it promised choice of languages to use in extending their program. Translators were supposed to make it possible to write in any language of your choice. Kind of like CLR but on top of scheme.
This was ambitious goal and it's implementation could have made guile much better then yet-another-language-run-of-the-mill-extension-language.
Yet last time I've checked guile was yet-another-version-of-scheme (as obscure and unknown by general public as any other scheme dialect) which made it kind of useless as an extension language.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 16:42 UTC (Mon) by cmm (guest, #81305)
Oh, I realize that.
Thing is, the GNU folks realize that quite well too. And since they haven't changed their policy yet, what makes anyone think that rehashing the same tedious arguments yet again will have any effect?
BTW, I believe Guile comes with a reasonably functional implementation of ECMAScript these days. I don't think anyone is using that, though. Perhaps that's selection bias at work (if you've already chosen Guile over, say, Lua, then it's a safe bet you like Scheme), and/or perhaps syntax is just Not Interesting enough anyway.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 17:30 UTC (Mon) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501)
Posted Nov 27, 2012 0:09 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Nov 26, 2012 21:30 UTC (Mon) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
BTW, I believe Guile comes with a reasonably functional implementation of ECMAScript these days.
Really? Since when? Manual says ECMAScript was not the first non-Schemey language implemented by Guile, but it was the first implemented for Guile's bytecode compiler. The goal was to support ECMAScript version 3.1, a relatively small language, but the implementor was completely irresponsible and got distracted by other things before finishing the standard library, and even some bits of the syntax. So, ECMAScript does deserve a mention in the manual, but it doesn't deserve an endorsement until its implementation is completed, perhaps by some more responsible hacker.
Not a ringing endorsement to say the least. The only language which is kinda-sorta-maybe-supported is Emacs Lisp and it's not clear why anyone will want that if they don't like Scheme.
P.S. It's funny, really. Guile is still pushed really hard by FSF backers and it's used in some fringe projects (like Lilypond, or Gnucash, or, I don't know, Guix) but when serious people need real scripting for their real needs they choose... something else. In fact you can easily see when project built around guile tries to finally reach normal people: it's when guile is finally get a sane alternative.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 23:09 UTC (Mon) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
Posted Nov 27, 2012 0:10 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Nov 27, 2012 1:27 UTC (Tue) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
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