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People generally want to use what the community wants them to use. With C and C++, that is certainly make and shell scripts. With Java, that is Maven (or was when I was last there :). With Ruby, that is rake. With Python, that is distutils. With JavaScript, that is npm.

There are benefits when the entire community standardizes on something. I know I will frequently pass looking at a Python module that won't easily fit into my build system, which, conveniently, is the build system mostPython scripts use.

The fact that Cappuccino pre-dated the de facto standard should not be held against them.

We certainly wish node had come out about a year earlier. It would have saved us a lot of headaches. But at the time there was no serious alternative to narwhal.

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