Comparing perl and python
pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Thu Feb 24 20:58:16 EST 2000
c_cazabon at hotmail.com (Charles Cazabon) writes:
> Aahz Maruch claimed in <88vtfj$egl$1 at nntp6.atl.mindspring.net>:
> >Remember that Perl is optimized to be a "super AWK". And IMO, that's
> >about all it's good for.
> Best description I ever heard was "`sed' on crack".
Even if I am a Python lover now, I'm a previous Perl addict, and Perl was
not that bad. So, even if humorous, such judgements are derogative
and unfair, and we should stay more open minded.
Perl is used for a wide variety of applications. It has a lot of dedicated
contributors, a good organisation, to the point it is undoubtly a social
phenomenon in itself. We should at least recognise these facts, and
even copy the good parts. Larry Wall is absolutely overwhelmed by now,
but at a time he was more accessible, I found him to be a very attaching
and charismatic guy. However, I would not say that much from his troops,
who quite destroyed the initial spirit, in my opinion. Sad for Larry...
I just hope that Python will learn from, and avoid Perl social mistakes.
That would not be an easy challenge, if Python starts growing too fast...
 It's just that Python is better! :-).
François Pinard http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard
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