I wish programming languages weren't so cult-like.

I feel like every time I am around programmers in public forums there's some pressure to convert or that I am somehow wrong for using the tools I choose to use.

Looking at you, Rustaceans.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't care if you like rust, I just don't want it presented as the solution to all my problems or that I shouldn't code in my existing languages just because Rust exists. The same goes for any language really, or paradigm.

I understand wanting to foster growth of your community, but proselytsing your language or paradigm too aggressively makes your language/paradigm community look very very bad, doesn't win over many converts, makes you look like an intolerant bigot (which, let's be real, a hell of a lot of programmers are really intolerant, and this doesn't help our reputation as a discipline), and makes it less likely people will be won over by your arguments because you look like a cultist.

Kaito / Katie Sinclaire @KS

@Elizafox it's either aggressively trying to convert everyone to The One True Language™, or shaming people for using the "wrong" language, and both bother the heck out of me

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