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If i were to ask a question for the best programming language for a specific task but gave specific factors that would be taken into account would it still be too broad/flame/opinion.


For example if i asked

What are the best/required languages for creating a windows driver with a GUI frontend that would also be run as service in terms of:

Speed of execution
Production time
Flexibility
Maintainability
Compatibility of languages involved/ease of integration.

Would that be acceptable or instantly closed ?

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  • I've never written a driver, but this sounds like it would be more of an architectural problem than a language selection problem. Also, you'd have to expand why a driver needs a GUI and a Service.
    – MetaFight
    May 28 '15 at 9:39
  • @MetaFight Yeah i would definitely expand the question in terms of why and how i want to implement this.I was just asking this as sort of a basis of the question to see if it would be alright,instead of putting loads of effort into it and it just being closed. May 28 '15 at 9:43
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This would be instantly closed. Please see the Meta question Why was my question closed or down voted?, especially the points Off Topic: What technology to take up next and Off Topic: Recommend a tool, library, or other.

While your metrics try to make the question objective, such recommendation questions are still ill-suited for Programmers.SE. Also, your metrics fail to provide an objective framework since nearly each metric is highly subjective, and the relation of metrics to each other is not defined – if a language ranks high on speed and low on productivity, is this better than a language that ranks medium on both axes?

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  • Okay, thanks for the reply. Is there anyway i could make it objective or word it in a way where i could get an answer/not have it closed? Or somewhere you could recommend to ask such a question ? May 28 '15 at 9:49
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    @User112638726 You could try asking open-ended questions like this on http://www.reddit.com/r/programmerchat instead
    – Rachel
    Jun 1 '15 at 18:19
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As amon just mentioned your question as-is would probably get closed.

However, I think there might be something interesting buried in there.

If you shifted the focus of the question away from technology & metrics, and focused on the requirements you're trying to fulfil (have a GUI, provide functionality as a service, provide a device driver) you could have a really interesting architectural question.

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  • Okay, I'll see if i can work out a way to flesh out a good architctural question :) Also do you know anywhere where i could get advice on what language would be suitable for this task ? May 28 '15 at 12:12

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