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More New Year's Resolutions

January wears on, and you may already have applied your first nicotine patch, ordered your first no-alcohol beer, or jogged — PUFF, *]GASP[*, lung to legs, we have a problem, over — your first throat-burning mile, before concluding that the self-improvement gain just is not worth the pain. So I hope I'm not too late. I'm following Mark Nelson's everybody their own Jon Erickson resolutions about best practice in writing English. But where Mark dealt with a natural language, I'll deal with the artificial; and that gives me an advantage. Because although I can't decide not to write in English for Dobbs Code Talk, I can decide what not to program in. Let me, then, explain to you my New Year's resolutions on how to choose a programming language.