Go has contempt for generics

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org
Sat May 29 09:26:15 PDT 2010

On 05/29/2010 10:43 AM, Sean Kelly wrote:
> Andrei Alexandrescu Wrote:
>> http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/c93iy/go_at_io_frequently_asked_questions/
"Do you have plans to implement generics?
>> Many proposals for generics-like features have been mooted both
>> publicly and internally, but as yet we haven't found a proposal
>> that is consistent with the rest of the language. We think that one
>> of Go's key strengths is its simplicity, so we are wary of
>> introducing new features that might make the language more
>> difficult to understand. Additionally, the more Go code we write
>> (and thus the better we learn how to write Go code ourselves), the
>> less we feel the need for such a language feature."
> So they've simplified the language at the cost of more complex user
> code.  They should have just said that they haven't found a proposal
> they like yet and left it at that.

Exactly. This "the more code we write the less we felt a need for 
genericity" reflects very poorly - just not on genericity.


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