Re: Why you should not use Tcl

Barry Merriman (
Tue, 4 Oct 94 20:50:42 GMT

In article <36q1jt$> writes:

[nice critique of RMS's complaints]

> Regards,
> Glenn Vanderburg

This reminds me of the "second system syndrome" described
in "The Mythical Man Month"---i.e. the second time a designer
creates a system, they have a tendency to work on improving
the concepts developed for the first system. The problem is,
time has passed and those previous concepts may no longer
be the important ones.

Now, RMS has certainly designed more than one system, but
it is possible that much of what he learned from
the emacs project is no longer of importance in the
current computing environment---i.e. essentially what Glenn argues.
Perhaps RMS should consider this (admittedly painful) possibility.

Barry Merriman
UCLA Dept. of Math
UCLA Inst. for Fusion and Plasma Research (Internet; NeXTMail is welcome)