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I'm sure they keep using it and that's ok, of course. But deepdown you want your projects to be widely adopted. That provides motivation and renewable workforce given that at some point the "elders move to greener pastures".

Take Go for example. Its creators helped a lot of people to write easier network software. Maybe they even would have preferred another syntax, but got over that and just used a syntax that most programmers would perceive as familiar and easy to learn. To me there is a lesson in this too.

Also this is an interesting text about the subject http://axisofeval.blogspot.com.br/2010/06/letter-to-young-pl...

(And I love Clojure, Ocaml, Factor, Lisp, Erlang... so really the lesson is for me)

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