Changing the Division Operator -- PEP 238, rev 1.12
ajs at ix.netcom.com
Tue Jul 31 12:55:23 CEST 2001
Bill writes -
>In this context, it comes from the CP4E motivation that people may be
>called upon to script operations or interactions between their
>`toys'... calling them "non-programmers" is shorter than saying,
>`people who may need to program without knowing they are doing it'
But we are going around in circles - as I have been for some few
years on the subject. I guess I had always hoped that CP4E was
really going to focus on turning non-programmers into programmers.
It made sense to me that it would, because it happens that
IMO Python is a great tool for doing so.
What tool `people who may need to program without knowing
they are doing it' use is of very little interest - to me.
Because now we have descended to the realm of semantic games.
Are people who 'program without knowing they are doing it' in
fact programming in any meaningful sense?
Can than P in CP4E be used for those activities without
with any real integrity.
It happens that you have hit directly on my Big Beef.
To me CP4E is, can and should be a true initiative,
not a semantic game.
But to the extent you have accurately described CP4E -
well I feel foolish for having concerned myself with it.
Got better stuff to do.
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