Python descendant to Perl?

Tim Peters at
Fri Aug 31 19:32:48 CEST 2001

[Jonas Bengtsson]
> Is Python a descendant to Perl? I thought it was the other way around.

Perl's OO features were added later in Perl's life, and Larry Wall studied
Python's object model closely before designing Perl's (they have a lot in
common under the covers!).

WRT the diagram, Smalltalk really had scant *direct* influence on Python; it
would be better if it showed Python inheriting from Modula3 instead (which
latter should surely be *somewhere* on the diagram; and Java should descend
in part from Modula3 too).

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