Why should I switch to Python?

David Goodger dgoodger at bigfoot.com
Sat Apr 1 10:54:50 EST 2000

on 2000-03-31 22:43, Aaron Turner (aturner_ at _pobox.com) wrote:
> What I'd like to hear from people is what technical
> resons I should switch to Python.

For me, readability is the ultimate factor. I've written thousands of lines
of Perl code, and I still had trouble understanding others' code, and even
my own! (Even though I tried to write readable stuff, revisiting code from
weeks or months earlier was an exercise in frustration.)

Python works the way I do, and that's why I like it. It forces readability
through its syntax rules (block start/end via indentation, etc.), which I
followed anyhow; now I don't have to worry about missing semicolons.

I love Perl for what it is, but now that I've used Python (about 1.5 years
now), I can't imagine going back. Functionally, they both do the job. But
Python's "interface" suits me better.

Isn't it great that there are so many tools out there? Everyone can find one
that suits their style.

David Goodger    dgoodger at bigfoot.com    Open-source projects:
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