Does Your Language Support Communities?

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William Grosso has a excelllent presentation on “Why Java is a Better Programming Language than you Think“.  He makes this statement:

The single best measure of whether a programming language is worth using is: how well does it support communities. ? The social aspects of the language dominate the technological aspects of the language

solid argument. If you want more evidence read the 101 List again.  This also leads to another observation, highly successful open source projects tend to have a robust plugin framework. A plugin framework like that seen in JBoss, Eclipse, JEdit etc., makes it easier for a community to add new functionality.  So the other question you should ask, does my open source project support communities?

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