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12. Java > Feedback Loop

Feedback Loop

How much feedback do you get on the language itself, not the implementation?

James: Boy, we get lots of feedback with the language.

How do you approach that?

James: If we get one or two people asking for some feature, we tend to ignore it.

Because one of the things about a language is you’ve gotta be fairly judicious about what you change. The barrier’s a little bit easier in APIs, but in general, we don’t do anything unless there’s a really strong demand for something.

So if many people ask for the same thing, that’s like, “Oh, OK, then, that maybe makes sense to do.” But if just one out of millions of developers asks for something, then it’s like, “Probably would do more harm than help.”


  

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