sh at ttsoftware.co.uk
Fri Dec 15 15:37:43 CET 2000
On Fri, 15 Dec 2000 14:24:27 +0100, "Alex Martelli"
<aleaxit at yahoo.com> wrote:
><jschmitt at vmlabs.com> wrote in message news:91bln3$lmr$1 at nnrp1.deja.com...
>> I just read this good article about Perl advocacy. I think it applies
>> to Python equally. I found the link mentioned from /. this morning.
>> http://www.perl.com/pub/2000/12/advocacy.html?wwwrrr_20001213.txt#why i
>> hate advocacy
>Very interesting (for some reason, a not-yet-Pythonista Perl-using
>coworker forwarded me an e-mail copy too -- wonder if he's trying
>to tell me something?-). Highly recommended reading for anybody
>interested in really understanding why human beings are this way,
>Matt Ridley, "The Origins of Virtue". There's a long detailed
>summary at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/4388/origins.html,
>but you wouldn't be doing yourself a favor if you limited your
>reading to those 23 pages -- Ridley writes very well, and argues
>persuasively; get the original!
I've read it and, if it's the one I think it is (lots of stuff about
the prisoners dilemma, for instance) then I agree. I'd also recommend
the books by Steven Pinker (one on the origins of language, the other
more generally on human nature - I forget the titles).
>Makes me wonder why Larry Wall didn't think to include at least
>ONE strangeness, wart, or inconsistency *somewhere* in Perl...
>thus making it so boringly perfect and un-idiosyncratic as to
>leave its advocates without a suitable 'scapegoat feature'!
Erm - either you haven't used Perl, or your an advocate yourself!
Personally, if I was selling Python, Perl would be involved in my
In fact, one such wart was mentioned in that article above (a length
function that gives the 'wrong' result due to a scalar context).
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