Python tutorial/comparison for C++ programmer

Jason Stokes jstok at
Thu Mar 23 13:06:18 CET 2000

newsvergisses at wrote in message <8bcr2a$b76$1 at>...

>Would this be possible?
>Can anyone just bundle the merits of all the years of free python
>development and ship it commericially?
>Isn't there any license from GvR preventing such things?

Nobody can own a computer language, or rather, nobody has been successful in
legally owning a computer language. The nearest thing Sun came to owning
Java was to hold the certification mark "Java" and attempt to prevent anyone
calling their language "Java" unless it satisfied Sun's compliance
requirements -- and look how successful that was.

If Microsoft produces its own implementation of the Python language with
incompatible standard libraries, there's nothing that anyone can do to stop
them.  The only way to forestall this threat is to develop standard Python
to the point that an incomptible variant just isn't attractive.

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