[Baypiggies] April agenda?

Marilyn Davis marilyn at deliberate.com
Sat Apr 8 02:14:46 CEST 2006

On Fri, 7 Apr 2006, Rich Morin wrote:

> At 11:38 PM -0700 4/6/06, Monte Davidoff wrote:
> > Generally speaking, I've found that it takes about an order of
> > magnitude fewer LOC in Python to do a given task than in C, so
> > Python allows you to be an order of magnitude more productive.
> I think that this is true of scripting languages in general.  My
> impression is that Perl and Python take about the same about of
> code to get things done, but that the appearance of the code is
> quite different.  Many things that would be coded directly in
> Perl are typically done by method calls in Python.
> Interestingly, in skimming Ruby code, I continue to be surprised
> at how little code it requires to get things done.  Like, about
> half as much as I would expect in an equivalent Perl script!  At
> the same time, Ruby isn't infested by the "line noise" that seems
> common in many Perl programs.
> I think it might be fun to pick some small but interesting cases
> and have some Perl/Python/Ruby experts present and defend their
> own language's capabilities, restrictions, etc.  I have found
> that any worthwhile language improves my capabilities for using
> other languages.  So, I'd find this to be quite interesting...
> If others like the idea, I suspect that we could pull together a
> cross-language get-together...

I'd be very interested in this but I imagine that the event would be a
nightmare for the Perl defender.  Even the Ruby person would have a
tough time in a room of python lovers.

But, if willing suckers came forward, it would be very interesting,
I'm sure.


> -r
> FYI-  I'm mostly a Perl scripter these days, but I dive into PHP
>       and Python at need, and have been trying to learn Ruby.


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