Python syntax in Lisp and Scheme
ktilton at nyc.rr.com
Thu Oct 9 22:58:02 CEST 2003
Paul Rubin wrote:
> Kenny Tilton <ktilton at nyc.rr.com> writes:
>>I think Python's problem is its success. Whenever something is
>>succesful, the first thing people want is more features. Hell, that is
>>how you know it is a success. The BDFL still talks about simplicity,
>>but that is history. GvR, IMHO, should chased wish-listers away with
>>"use Lisp" and kept his gem small and simple.
> That's silly. Something being successful means people want to use it
> to get things done in the real world. At that point they start
> needing the tools that other languages provide for dealing with the
> real world. The real world is not a small and simple place, and small
> simple systems are not always enough to cope with it. If GVR had kept
> his gem small and simple, it would have remained an academic toy, and
> I think he had wide-reaching ambitions than that.
I agree with everything you said except that last bit, and I only
disagree with that because of what I have heard from Pythonistas, so
maybe I missed something. I did not think Python (or GVR or both) had
aspirations of being a full-blown language vs just being a powerful
Do they ever plan to do a compiler for it?
What?! You are a newbie and you haven't answered my:
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