| ||Ask HN: Is there evidence regarding PG's theory about powerful languages?|
80 points by kartickv on Apr 11, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 69 comments |
|Paul Graham claims that startups should use the most powerful language for a job, like Lisp. I'm looking for statistical evidence for or against this theory.|
For example, amongst the thousands of YC startups, have ones that used Lisp or Smalltalk or other esoteric but powerful language succeeded more than startups that used a mainstream language like Python, Java or C++? Do we have statistics of success rate by language?
One should not look at a single startup (ITA software) that used Lisp and succeeded and conclude that it pays for the average startup to use Lisp (or other powerful language like Smalltalk).
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