Re: What're these huge threads about, anyway?

Evan Martin wrote:

It seems to me that using anything but C for (1) will needlessly
exclude a whole pile of languages.  Sure, in theory they could be
ported to the CLR, but in practice many won't.  Additionally, people
outside of the GNOME project will continue to write their libraries in C
(see recent discussions about zeroconf libraries and neon/soup), so it
seems that C underneath is inevitable.
En contrair, mon ami! Using C for the plattform libraries makes it surprisingly easy to create bindings for other languages. Doing the same in C++ is much more painful. One reason is that dynamicly linking of libraries produced from different C-Compilers is no problem, whereas the same is almost impossible.
CLR has nothing to do with C, CLR is the Virtual Machine used for C#.

As for (2), well, I see projects in a bunch of different languages
already: C for most of GNOME, C# for Novell's contributions, Python for
GNOME-blog, ...

So I guess my question is: where is the argument?

The problem is: Which language should GNOME officialy support for user level applications. Python is considered unstable (version conflicts), Java is not free and C# is an ideology-minefield.

Hope that helps,

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