[Python-Dev] deprecating string module?

Alex Martelli aleax@aleax.it
Wed, 29 May 2002 15:24:14 +0200

On Wednesday 29 May 2002 03:05 pm, Steven Lott wrote:
> parallel efforts that eventually gave us Algol 68 (any users?),
> PL/1 and Pascal.  Which had the biggest user base?  I think it
> was Pascal, the one that went for the fewest-best features.
> (Or possibly it was the French mathematician after whom it was
> named, hard to say for sure.)

As the small user bases (compared to their merits) of Haskell
and Eiffel show, naming languages after either mathematicians
OR Frenchmen is no guarantee of big user bases.  Maybe you
do need both.  I guess we could try inventing a language named
"Cauchy" or "Fermat" to double-check.