Where to use SELF - your opinion

L. Peter Deutsch Peter.Deutsch at Eng.Sun.COM
Wed Oct 28 19:21:43 UTC 1992

I would summarize your message as follows:

	costs:	writing type declarations
		finding memory management bugs

		type errors caught at compile time
		consistently fast execution
		better documentation of programmer's intentions

	costs:	much larger run-time memory requirements
		much less predictable execution time

		faster turnaround for source changes
		no memory management errors

(The fast turnaround problem is being addressed by the C++ vendors, as I'm
sure you noticed at OOPSLA.)

Reading this balance sheet, I would conclude that C/C++ are good for some
things, and Self is good for other things.  For production code, I think
C/C++ have clear advantages, especially since (as I *didn't* note above)
there is no commercial-style Self implementation (with documentation,
support, portability, etc.)


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