I ran into this article (credits to Nick Rothwell for sharing it on Facebook btw) and it sparked some thoughts about Max.
Not sure if anyone is interested in random general thoughts about Max, but just in case:
1) Should Max be compared to languages that are used in commercial software development?
=> Commercial software development needs programming languages to be as good as possible
=> Max is a programming language
=> we want Max to be as good as possible
=> so yes, I believe the comparison is useful.
2) Should Max be compared to php?
=> Php was built for non-programmers and it is now used by many top-of-their-class programmers to build things like Facebook and Wordpress.
=> Max was built for non-programmers, namely artists, but there is an increasing amount of people (around me at least) with a technical education that use Max for big applications.
=> Max might become for real-time applications what php is for server-side web applications.
3) How do we (as you can see my love for Max extends to me feeling a shared responsibility for its development ;) prevent Max from falling into the same trap as php when it comes to the points the guy stresses in his blog under 'Stance'?
=> I realized several of his points already currently apply to Max
=> How would you say that the terms "predictable, consistent, concise, reliable and debuggable" in the context of this post apply to Max in its current form?
4) If these points are ever to be addressed in Max, backwards compatibility will almost certainly be broken.
=> How to overcome this backwards compatibility obstacle in Max?
5) How to raise $$ to invest in Max to address the issues in point 3 and 4?
=> get more commercial software development people to buy Max, but how?
=> problem is Max has a reputation, even in the art scene, of only being used by poor quality programmers, so now what?
=> Use it for commercial software development projects and prove them wrong
=> teach it at schools. Not Art schools, but Tech schools
Just thoughts :) I'm curious as to any counter-thoughts ;)