Comparison between Python and "Ruby"

Bjorn Pettersen bjorn at roguewave.com
Fri Nov 5 18:57:14 CET 1999


> Neel Krishnaswami wrote:
> > 
> > Python (and Ruby, for that matter) remind me more of Smalltalk than
> > anything else -- ie, they have extensive libraries, a 
> community with a
> > love of elegance but not of purity[*], and a greater focus 
> on practical
> > applications than on academic research.
> 
> Isn't the Smalltalk community pretty enamored of purity? I 
> mean "if" is
> an object that takes messages, right?
> 
>  Paul Prescod

Almost. A comparison creates a boolean object that takes ifTrue: and
ifFalse: (and whileTrue: etc.) messages.  Quite elegant...

-bjorn




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