From: Brian Atkins (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 15:44:59 MDT
James Higgins wrote:
> At 12:44 PM 7/30/2001 -0400, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:
> >James Higgins wrote:
> > >
> > > That is a very different case than yours. Linux, like virtually operating
> > > system, is a huge collection of separate projects... I hope you haven't
> > > been using Linux as an open-source template for Flare, because I believe
> > > they are far more different than similar.
> >The analogy would be to Guido van Rossum or Larry Wall, of course.
> >(Python and Perl respectively.)
> Right, and I seem to remember someone on this list mentioning that Python
> has been in development 15 years. And I know Perl has been around a long
> time as well.
True, however the first versions of both languages took less than a year
of development by basically one person AFAIK. I can remember back to the
early 90s when perl 4 became popular. It seems to me that after the first
2-3 years the rest of the time is spent tacking on little bits and pieces
and tweaking. For instance here is the timeline of Perl:
version 1.0 at end of 1987, 2.0 in middle of 1988, 3.0 in Oct. 1989, 4.0
in March 1991.
-- Brian Atkins Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence http://www.singinst.org/
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