IsPython really O-O?

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Wed Nov 14 19:17:03 CET 2001


modman at altavista.com (Modman) writes:

> Michael Hudson <mwh at python.net> wrote in message news:<uzo5pmzhe.fsf at python.net>...
> > Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> writes:
> > 
> > > ianb at colorstudy.com (Ian Bicking) wrote:
> > > > If you look under the hood, Python is much more like Smalltalk than
> > > > Java. 
> > > 
> > > I'm having trouble parsing that.  Which of the following did you mean?
> > > 
> > > 1) Python is more like Smalltalk that Python is like Java
> > > 2) Python is more like Smalltalk than Java is like Smalltalk
> > 
> > I think 1).
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > M.
> 
> both mean the same thing. 

No they don't.

1) means

Smalltalk Python                        Java
         ^                    ^
      little gap           big gap

2) means

Python Smalltalk                 Java
      ^                    ^
  little gap            big gap

both are true, but they're not the same.

> Python is closer to smalltalk than Java is so the ST guru buddie was
> a bit off base to be compairing Py to J.

Quite, i.e. 1) above.

Cheers,
M.

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