Whitespace as syntax (was Re: Python Rocks!)
sanderson at ttm.com
Wed Feb 9 14:34:35 CET 2000
Absolutely. There is something to be learned from every language, and
the more there are the more fun I get to have learning them. :-)
The very fact that there are intelligent people who swear by one
language or the other should indicate that there is no One True Way. I
used to like Java; now I like Python more. However, I learned a number
of nifty things from my exposure to Java that I hadn't seen elsewhere,
and which I can now *use* elsewhere.
Knowledge is a big associative web. The more one is exposed to, the more
associations one has. Eventually, learning something new becomes a
simple matter of figuring out which old thing the new stuff looks like,
and fitting it in (and hopefuly enhancing!) with the old stuff.
tim_one at email.msn.com wrote:
> [Neel Krishnaswami]
> > PS. I like Haskell, and Mercury, and Cecil, too. :)
> Good for you, Neel! The common assumption that languages are a zero-sum
> game, where one can't prosper unless others fail, has never been true and
> shows no sign of, umm, getting truer <wink>. Applications for computers
> (and so also the means of porgramming them) are exploding, not static. The
> world would be a much poorer place without Lisp and Haskell and Icon and
> many dozens of others -- yes, even Fortran, even COBOL, even Visual Basic.
> Any language that survives for a decade has something essential going for
> it that its detractors would be wise to seek out.
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