Functionalism, aesthetics Was:(RE: I come to praise .join, not
Russell E. Owen
owen at astrono.junkwashington.emu
Tue Mar 20 19:38:27 CET 2001
I completely agree. There is some elitism from some of the cognoscenti.
And the pace of change is fast enough now that I think some ugly stuff
is getting into the language despite the protests.
Having said that, I hasten to add that I am not part of the Python
development team, but rather one of unwashed and sometimes-squashed
masses. I hope someday to make a contribution, but for now, I'm a user.
Hence there's only so much complaining one can do productively. I'm glad
there are folks who care enough and are willing to put the time into
maintaining the language.
In article <mailman.985052844.17993.python-list at python.org>,
Carlos Ribeiro <carribeiro at yahoo.com> wrote:
>I'm lost for words... This summarizes a lot of concerns that sometimes I
>find so hard to explain. Anyone who has actually *read* Christopher
>Alexander's books on design should know that the best solutions are the
>ones that take into account the inner sense of satisfaction of their end
>users. As Alexander puts it itself, it is a rewarding experience born out
>of the "completeness" of the solution. The best solutions also share
>another common trait: they look *and feel* good to the untrained eye.
>Beware of works that can only be appreciated by experts - they are way too
>trained to see the obvious.
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