On Sunday, 6 April 2014 at 19:53:43 UTC, Paulo Pinto wrote:
A counterexample is Go, which has gotten a lot of traction with a simple
syntax.


It has more to do with Google than with the language's design.

That, and being perceived as a http-server-language and having standard libraries and a threading model geared towards web servers.

In addition Go has managed to improve the C syntax by removing in-most-cases redundant syntax. Which is quite nice for readability, IMO.

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