Best in Show
Text display may seem like a cut-and-dry topic, but I discovered it is fascinating to compare and contrast how different languages aid the programmer seeking to show the output from a script or application. The talk examines nine different technologies / languages. As, to which is the best, you’ll be the judge! Or, perhaps the notion of “one size fits all” is fallacious; context certainly plays a role in influencing one’s choices.
This sort of exercise will challenge your assumptions of how you think a programming language ought to behave. As it turns out a concept that one may assume exists across the spectrum of computer programming languages may only appear in your current favorite language. The consequences of such differences can be dramatic, forcing developers to rethink their problem-solving strategy.
This talk is for everyone who sooner or later has to deal with displaying text and needs to appreciate the pros and cons of the various choices. An additional bonus is that by focusing on strings, you can also discover whether any of the foregoing languages is the right fit for your mindset. While "the right tool, for the right job" is a popularly embraced notion, user comfort matters, too. This presentation provides a sufficient peak at the different languages to help you decide which you'd like to learn next.