Re: "Perl is the duct tape of the Internet" and other musings

Gordon Irlam (
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 19:03:35 -0700 (PDT)

> > PostgreSQL is the Mach of the database world.
> > It has lots of cool sophisticated stuff, but if you attempt to
> > use it seriously, you discover it isn't sufficiently reliable
> > and rounded out for production use, instead it appears the result
> So, in your opinion, does NeXT's use of Mach support or refute your
> argument?

That depends. Answer the following for me and I can give you your

Was Nextstep based on Mach 2.0 or 3.0?

How much hacking did they have to do to get it into a useful shape?

Which of Mach's touted features did they use? Which did they avoid?
microkernel, machmaker/mig, ports, i vm, ...