python vs ecmascript

Peoter Veili peoter_veliki at
Fri Nov 16 17:17:12 CET 2001

Anyone familiar with ECMAscript (JavaScript)?  How does it compare to
Python?  I studied ECMAscript last year, people have an aversion to it
from doing web client programming, but it is a high-powered OO scripting
language in its own right.  Clearly the one downside of ECMAscript vs Python
is that Python has been around longer and has a large set of existing
Besides that is there any major advantage that Python has?  I am new to
but already I am seeing some limitations that don't exist in ECMAscript.  I
also a bit annoyed at some things like having to wrap objects in a str()
printing, I don't see why this can't be automatic.  This thing about only
two scopes, local and global,  I don't see the logic.  Is this by design, or
is it
simply a current limitation?  The book I have says it may change in the

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