Hypothesis: a programming language having a mascot is a warning sign.
- Perl 6: Camelia the butterfly (and Perl 5 had camels)
- PHP: the elePHPant
- (I don't think Python actually has a snake *mascot*, just a logo.)
- Java: Duke, the...whatever, that Sun licensed out in an almost pleading appeal for fanart (
- Go: the Gopher which eats all your descriptive variable names

The only outlier is Rust's crab, Ferris, which makes me uneasy about that otherwise green-looking grass over there from my mascotless fields of C++. Other perfectly reasonable mascotless languages include TypeScript and Haskell, for the negative hypothesis. Maybe type safety is incompatible with fun.

...C needs a mascot.

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Also the history of Duke being an Intelligent Software Agent reminds me that it's been long enough there's people who need to see Douglas Adams' Hyperland anew:

The ideas behind Clippy (who was based on a cool and powerful framework Microsoft killed in Win 7) and now Siri/Alexa/Cortana/Assistant are old as the hills, and made it into a televised special in 1990.

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I'd forgotten how this video also depicted aggressively pushy recommendation systems, notification overload fighting for your attention, and getting frustrated with unresponsive UI. :blobcatwinktongue:

About half an hour in it literally has icons sliding in with folks lifting their hands and coughing to interrupt the speaker with their own thread.

Want a vision of the future, ask a satirical science fiction author.

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@LionsPhil there's also unofficial mascots to check out! I'm partial towards the list alien cause its silly

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