Is it time to plan a move to Go?

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Nov 7 12:47:52 UTC 2017

Hal Murray <hmurray at>:
> > On the other hand, the thought of trying to do significant structural
> > changes *as we verify a translation* scares me - I do not think I am good
> > enough to take *that* risk, and I'm dubious that anyone is. 
> Right.  But that assumes the goal is to exactly replicate the current code.  
> Given that we don't have anybody who really understands it, I'm not sure that 
> should be the goal.

Changing languages is hard.  Fully grokking what the code is doing is
hard.  Changing it to do something else - because we don't fully grok it -
is hard. I don't think it makes any sense to multiply our risks by
trying to do more than one of these things at once.
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