Brandon J. Van Every <SeaFuncSpam@gmail.com> wrote:
| I'm certainly not going to "upgrade" my language implementation choice
| every 3 years, as your analogy would seem to imply. I do not believe
| in churn, whether Microsoft's churn or from other sources.
Interesting. That "churn" [plus the then-lack of a native compiler]
was a significant factor in my switch from PLT Scheme to Common Lisp
circa 2000. The PLT was cranking out new (and sometimes incompatible!)
versions faster than I could keep up! ;-} ;-}
| It took me 2 years of checking languages out to settle on Chicken
| Scheme. Not interested in switching gears until it fails me.
I stuck with PLT Scheme for ~8-10 years, then switched to Common Lisp
and having been happily using it for the last 4-6 years. [There was a
fairly-long period of overlap/transition.] As you say, I'm not interested
in switching gears again unless/until CL fails me.
The positive attributes of long-term stability in one's tools are
 CMUCL, to be precise, but most of what I do with CL is portable,
and I try to remember to mark the CMUCL-specific bits with #+(CMU),
so if I had to move to SBCL or one of the commercial implementations
the transition would be pretty easy. But to quote you again, I'm not
interested in switching gears unless/until CMUCL fails me.
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