Comparison between Python and "Ruby"
gmcm at hypernet.com
Tue Nov 2 14:10:20 EST 1999
Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
> "Fredrik Lundh" <fredrik at pythonware.com> writes:
> |> I guess he loves reducing variablity, if possible, which is
> totally |> against TMTOWTDI. I don't judge whether it is good or
> bad. | |you're confusing syntax with semantics.
> I don't think so. I don't believe anyone can reduce semantic
> variability. Thus TMTOWTDI applies to semantics AND syntax.
Did you mean to write what you wrote? From your premise, I
would reach the opposite conclusion. Or are you saying that
Guido also failed to reduce syntactic variability?
The problem with TMTOWTDI as used by Perlers is that they
assume that because it is rare in Python for a given syntactic
element to have an alternate form, that all successful attempts
to solve a problem will have the same form.
A few years ago there were 19 different solutions posted to the
problem of removing duplicates from a list, employing at least
a half dozen distinctly different algorithms.
The same contest on c.l.pl.* might yield hundreds of
solutions, but I doubt that the underlying algorithms would
expand beyond that half dozen.
So I'd tend to agree with "I don't believe anyone can reduce
semantic variability", but I would conclude that there's no
connection between the syntactic and semantic levels.
> But it's OK. I'm not Larry Wall nor Perl freak.
> I just felt weird when Pythoneers say about TMTOWTDI or even
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