(Prolog + LISP + Erlang) with integration issues versus C++
Sun Sep 4 18:26:30 CEST 2005
Serge Aleynikov wrote:
> It sounds regretful, yet from your initial post it looked like the
> managerial decision had already been made influenced by recommendations
> outside of your technical team. It is very difficult to steer
> management decision in the right direction, unless you have a lot of
> respect from them or a lot of money (and/or reputation). Otherwise all
> you have left is to abide their rules.
> From the statements below it is clear that the decision was made by
> people who were never involved in maintenance of medium/large projects
> developed in C++, and therefore they didn't realize the cost of the
> infrastructure needed to support such projects.
Indeed. This will be more expensive than the cross-language integration
issues would have been (even if you had stuck with three languages rather
than moving the Prolog stuff to Lisp or Erlang).
Dev Functional wrote:
>> 10) All storage related standards have types defined in C and it
>> makes sense to have the programmatic representation as close as
>> possible to the standard.
While it does make sense to have a (not necessarily "the") programmatic
representation as close as possible to the format specification, C/C++
types do not provide this: the byte order and alignment/padding is
implementation-defined, so you have to write code that manually converts
between a C structure and an external format if you want portability (or
correctness, in some cases). Erlang bitfields, OTOH, do allow you to
directly reflect the format specification at the language level.
I know that doesn't really help much at this point.
>> 11) The management also highlighted that if the languages so far used
>> (prolog,lisp,erlang) were so great then the capitalists would have
>> grabbed them up long time ago and made lots of money by now by
>> developing and selling products. So, either the capitalists are
>> fools or the current development team !
If I had been at the meeting, at this point I would probably have made some
comment that would have got me fired.
David Hopwood <david.nospam.hopwood@REDACTED>
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