PEP0238 lament

Guido van Rossum guido at
Tue Jul 24 16:42:28 EDT 2001

Erik Max Francis <max at> writes:

> > By the way, 1/2 is also
> > 0.5 in standard JavaScript:
> I wouldn't think how JavaScript does things would be a valid defense in
> any case.

This attitude is hurtful to your position.  Just because JavaScript
has a bad rep doesn't mean its designers were morons.  Of course,
pointing to JavaScript without motivation doesn't help.  But trying to
understand why JavaScript (a language that is in many ways very
similar to Python, with a more conventional C-like syntax) does things
a particular way may shed light on the issue in a more general

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