Language change and code breaks

Guido van Rossum guido at
Thu Jul 19 15:33:35 EDT 2001

> I'm still wondering what advantage there is to crippling the
> expressivity of a language for the sake of a small group of
> non-programmers.

IMO there are two non-truths in this statement.

(1) The expressivity of the language is not crippled.

(2) Potentially, the group of non-programmers is much larger than the
    group of programmers (and it's easier to teach programmers an
    arbitrary rule than non-programmers).

--Guido van Rossum (home page:

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