Modern Languages vs the Ancient... (Was Metaprogramming)

James Hague james.hague@REDACTED
Thu Aug 24 15:19:38 CEST 2006

On 8/23/06, Rudolph van Graan <rvg@REDACTED> wrote:
>What worries me is that the "old" languages managed to do things that
>are nearly impossible or very difficult (in my opinion) to do in
>modern languages. How come the Javas and C#'s etc lost these
>abilities and be called modern?

C#, especially, feels like a throwback to 1990 or so.  That is, if C#
first showed up in 1990, it would have been pretty slick compared to
C++ and the OOP side of Turbo Pascal.

But C# and Java aren't worth worrying about, IMO.  The interesting
stuff is happening in the scripting language world, especially with
Python and Ruby.  Those languages are a lot closer to Lisp (see


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