Update 2012-June-20: Please also read my follow-up post, Revisited: Your programming language sucks?
I met someone recently that declared “Java sucks.” One proffered argument of that “suckiness” was Java’s lack of expressiveness. In point: you can’t compare two
Date objects with the less or greater -than operators. Further, you can’t override the operators themselves. (I won’t touch that subject; we covered it in Computer Science 201.)
Nope, that won’t compile. What are we to do?
There, that works. But what if we really, desperately wanted to use operators?
Both of these seem perfectly expressive to me. Much ado about nothing? I think it’s a matter of comfort and familiarity.
Saying a programming language “sucks” says less about the language and more about the person speaking.