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[liberationtech] Programming language for anonymity network

Cypher cypher at cpunk.us
Fri Apr 18 13:18:26 PDT 2014


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On 04/18/2014 03:26 AM, Stevens Le Blond wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> 
> We are a team of researchers working on the design and
> implementation of a traffic-analysis resistant anonymity network
> and we would like to request your opinion regarding the choice of a
> programming language / environment. Here are the criteria:
> 
> 1) Familiarity: The language should be familiar or easy to learn
> for most potential contributors, as we hope to build a diverse
> community that builds on and contributes to the code.
> 
> 2) Maturity: The language implementation, tool chain and libraries 
> should be mature enough to support a production system.
> 
> 3) Language security: The language should minimize the risk of
> security relevant bugs like buffer overflows.
> 
> 4) Security of runtime / tool chain: It should be hard to 
> inconspicuously backdoor the tool chain and, if applicable,
> runtime environments.


I'd like to throw my $0.02 in for Python. If it's written properly and
optimized, you can get impressive speed from it, it's got a great
community, a huge standard library, and great third party modules.
It's also /very/ hard to shoot yourself in the foot like you can in
some other languages.

Cypher

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