[Python-Dev] extended print statement, uPre-PEP

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Sat, 22 Jul 2000 11:20:52 -0500

Andrew Kuchling wrote:
> ....
> The urge to add little tiny things that make microtask X convenient is
> what made Perl -- and Sendmail, and DTML, and ... -- what they are
> today.

I also wanted to say that Perl and Sendmail (don't know about DTML)
suffer much more from poor design than from feature creep. It isn't just
about quantity of features -- quality also matters. The group of people
who spent a week arguing about the name "zip" would never allow "eval"
to mean "evaluate string" and "catch exceptions" nor make unadorned
variable name mean "file handle" nor make :0:c a "command".

Common Lisp and Linux are victims of feature creep. Perl and Sendmail
just suck.

 Paul Prescod - Not encumbered by corporate consensus
New from Computer Associates: "Software that can 'think', sold by 
marketers who choose not to."