Little problem with the "+" operator

Johann Hibschman johann at
Mon Mar 5 18:38:49 CET 2001

Joshua Marshall writes:

>> This is infinitely more sane than:

>> % perl -e 'print 500 + "cool"'
>> 500

> Comparing Python to Perl here doesn't seem very fair.  They're very
> different languages.  In general, I'm surprised by the urgency with
> which people often jump to compare them.

Well, Perl's the only language that I know of that lets you add 500 to
"cool" without an error.  Well, I suppose tcl might.  But it's still a
fairly safe inference that the original poster was coming from Perl.

Johann Hibschman                           johann at

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