[webkit-dev] Script programming language: Perl, Python, or Ruby?

Dirk Pranke dpranke at chromium.org
Tue Aug 31 12:26:23 PDT 2010

I think generally most scripts are written in Python nowadays, and we
have a large legacy of perl scripts that are getting ported over.

bdash mentions in the bug that there are other scripts written in Ruby
besides PrettyPatch, but that's news to me. What are they, and what
are they used for? Is there a particular reason that they're in Ruby?

I agree with Jeremy that, all other things being equal, fewer
languages is better, and I'm not sure that Ruby offers many compelling
advantages over Python (disclaimer: I personally like Ruby the
language better than Python, although I have a lot more experience w/
Python than I do w/ Ruby).

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:56 AM, TAMURA, Kent <tkent at chromium.org> wrote:
> Do we have any recommendation of programming language for scripts such as
> WebKitTools/Scripts?
> It seems new scripts are written by Python and Ruby code is very rare.
> Is it reasonable to port a Ruby script to Python?
> I tried to port PrettyPatch.rb to Python
> in https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43617 in order to remove Ruby
> dependency for many developers and buildbots.  However bdash objected it.
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