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Mon Aug 5 09:46:08 EDT 2002
Kyle Babich wrote:
> I started learning perl but more recently I found python. Both look
> to have their advantages, so I'm having a hard time picking one to
> stick with and persue. I have seen arguments that python has cleaner
> syntax, is gaining in popularity, with excellent documentation, and is
> better for group projects, which is all fairly obvious. But (from a
> _neutral_ standpoint I am asking) what can python do that perl can't?
perl and python (and tcl and ruby for that matter) are all very
powerful languages. They *all* have a large and excellent repository
of libaries/code you can reuse (Web, Images, Numerics, Networks ...).
Python does for me ...
- provide most readable code
- avoids bloat of syntax-gimmicks (line-noise) compared especially to perl
- leads you to express ideas at higher levels.
(I program since 15 years an no other language allowed me
to do reusable (OO-) patterns as easily.)
- provides a clean C-API (in case you need to do big-scale
optimization). A long-time perl-hacker just recently
told me that the perl C-code is ?!"@?;§)(!
- has a challenging, knowledgable and nice news-group (c.l.py :-)
For any further comments i'd first like to hear a little bit
of your background (which languages do you know already if any)
and goals (what stuff would you like to do).
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