OO misconceptions

David Bolen db3l at fitlinxx.com
Tue Jul 17 20:07:22 CEST 2001


tim at vegeta.ath.cx (Tim Hammerquist) writes:

> AFAIK, the only larger source of aggression than the anti-Perl
> Pythonistas is the anti-C++ Smalltalkers.  <wink>

Maybe I'm just too forgiving, but I'm having a hard time thinking of
all the "anti-Perl Pythonistas" that I've read posts from here.
Perhaps they hang out elsewhere that I don't frequent?

It's true that Perl rarely gets suggested as an alternative to Python
(except perhaps in selected pure text processing applications, before
the speedups in recent Python releases), but it seems pretty rare that
it is rejected harshly, as opposed to Python simply being favored.
And I find it pretty typical to get a reasoned explanation for why as
opposed to a knee-jerk response.

I also expect that you'll find a larger subset of people (at least
here) that did do a lot of Perl in the past and then found their way
to Python - as you say, it does get mentioned in that vein on some of
the c.l.perl lists.  I don't think the reverse happens anywhere near
as much, so there's probably some pre-selection (at least here)
towards preferring Python over Perl in any comparison.  But again, I
rarely perceive that as a violent reaction, as opposed to the voice of
experience.

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