What does Python fix?
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Thu Jan 17 16:45:39 CET 2002
Andrew Kuchling wrote:
> I don't know; I think most programmers are simply far too conservative
> and too intolerant of superficial syntactical features. Witness how
> much flak Python, an otherwise fairly conventional languages, takes
> for its one unconventional feature, indentation. With this attitude,
> Lisp with its parenthesis-heavy syntax doesn't stand a chance, no
> matter how good or bad the language itself is.
Yeah, but in the case of indentation, it only takes a little while to go
from hating it to not seeing how one could live without it. (That was the
case with me. I hated indentation at first and now I love it.)
As for Lisp's parentheses, I've never used Lisp, but when I look at
examples, I have to control my overwhelming desire to vomit when I see that
profusion of parentheses. It seems like a bad nightmare brought to life as
a programming language--or perhaps it's some secret BDSM initiatory rite?
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