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11. Objective-C > Growing a Language

Growing a Language

Do you believe in growing and evolving a language?

Tom: Slowly. The interesting and complicated question has to do with proprietary languages versus languages in the public domain versus open source languages, and those are reasonably difficult things to resolve. If you have a single authority responsible for making changes to the language and those changes happen slowly and methodically, that’s probably a good thing—but some people don’t like the fact that they have to pay for their compilers or pay annual maintenance charges on a compiler that’s not changing very often. We struggled with these questions for years. It is one of the issues when trying to design and deploy a programming language—same problem with operating systems, of....


  

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