Why use Perl when we've got Python?!

Martijn Faassen m.faassen at vet.uu.nl
Sat Aug 28 14:19:34 CEST 1999

Tim Peters <tim_one at email.msn.com> wrote:
> [Kent Polk]
>> I believe you are thinking of Al'Khwarizmi, who wrote the book
>> "Hisab al-jabr w'al-muqabala". 'Algebra' came from 'al-jabr' and
>> 'Algorithm' came from the name Al'Khwarizmi.

> Nonsense.  Everyone knows 'Algorithm' came from Al Gore, Vice President of the
> United States and Inventor of the Internet.

*falls down on the floor laughing*

>> Later Greeks certainly appear to have used the concept of
>> variables, but did have not the algebraic notation.

> Well, at least you got *that* part right <wink>.

> and-john-backus-is-the-god-of-wine-or-something-like-that-ly y'rs  - tim

and-boole-has-something-to-do-with-that-french-game-with-the-balls-ly yours,


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