[kwlug-disc] Security arguments
cdfrey at foursquare.net
Wed Sep 23 16:31:25 EDT 2009
On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 04:04:52PM -0400, unsolicited wrote:
> Let alone in this day of rapid web deployment / refresh, where time to
> delivery is deemed crucial. Compiled source, particularly given the
> prevalence of 'script kiddies' (for lack of a better word, not meaning
> the usual, more, as Khalid points out, novices) implies a rather
> static design of demonstrably long term use.
I prefer to view using compiled languages as automatic debugging at the
least costly level. If the compiler finds a bug as soon as I type
'make', it's cheaper to fix it there than if it crashes for the customer.
The more bugs a compiler can find for me, the better.
I take this compiler-loving to a bit of an extreme, perhaps, because
I use it as a sidekick to help me wrestle code and logic into shape.
And I definitely miss that sidekick when I use something like PHP.
I don't think that compiled == static. Updating a website is about
the same whether using a scripted or a compiled language. But the
extra compile step will show you some errors early instead of in the
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