Choosing a programming language as a competitive tool

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Mon May 7 10:15:01 CEST 2001


"Tim Peters" <tim.one at home.com> writes:

> This comes as a great surprise to Guido whenever it's claimed,
> because he's never been a Lisp programmer and seems to actively
> dislike what he's seen of Lisp programming styles.  I don't deny the
> similarities, but I wouldn't be surprised if the time machine worked
> its magic so that one of these days we wake up in a world where Lisp
> is claimed to be a clumsy dialect of Python <wink>.

I think many of the apparent similarities of Lisp (most any dialect)
and Python could be explained by the fact that they are both dynamic,
interactive languages, and once you're doing that, there's likely to
be a certain amount of convergent evolution.

Cheers,
M.

-- 
41. Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but
    withstand progress.
  -- Alan Perlis, http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html



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