My reddit post loving Drakon

Very true. One of the things I love about Drakon is its ancient-ness. The head of it is a 78 year old Russian space engineer who has published several lengthy tomes on Drakon over the years in Russian. I ran his 2012 book through Google Translate just so I could read it and on Russian forums, he’s currently complaining about the difficulties his translation team is having getting to English. But I don’t care about perfection and thankfully he’s a fan of the whole copy-freely so if he finds out I translated it into English he won’t mind.

I like that it creates State Machines in several languages. The code is regular code. If someone wants to tweak it afterwards, they can. But for rapid prototyping – to get something that works and quickly, it’s a good thing.

Is it the next thing? Probably not. The developers took the project far more seriously than most people do – getting mathematicians, engineers, project managers etc all together to make the “Once And For All” Universal programming langauge. It launched several automated space vehicles successfully and it’s in current use by the Russian space program.

It’s main flaw is a lack of materials in other languages – it’s a VERY RUSSIAN piece of software.. and its the love of this guy’s life 40 years. That kind of devotion – that kind of brain-power put to something must count for something, I figure, so I’m giving it a shot.

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