OT musings about psychology of Squeask mailing list members -
Peter.Crowther at IT-IQ.com
Tue Feb 22 10:25:47 UTC 2000
> From: Mark Guzdial [mailto:guzdial at cc.gatech.edu]
> At 11:51 AM +1000 2/18/00, Mike Thomas wrote:
> >Why is it that there are so many non-mainstream computer language
> >users/lovers here?
It takes a certain mind-set to realise that 'popularity' and 'usefulness'
are orthogonal. Most people are sheep; they follow the herd. I think
you'll find very few followers on this list.
> That said, the more interesting question to me is: Why are there so
> many people addicted to "mainstream" languages? Why does everything
> have to look like C?
> - Is it "it doesn't really matter, and I already know C"? Most
> professionals I've asked this question give me this response.
Another interesting concept is 'familiarity' vs. 'usefulness'. Example: How
many people on this list type using a QWERTY (ok, ok, AZERTY and so on)
keyboard rather than Dvorak? (I raise my hand here). Why? Because I
learned to type on one, and I can't afford the loss in productivity while I
familiarise myself with another layout. Compare with other arguments about
short-term versus long-term losses --- I'm losing a small amount of
productivity each day because I can't afford the major one-time investment
(Argument woodpile add: log :-)
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