Poll: Readable languages

Markus Jais mjais at web.de
Thu Jun 13 10:55:20 EDT 2002

Chris Gonnerman wrote:

> On Thu, 13 Jun 2002 09:36:06 -0400 (EDT), Attila Horvath wrote:
>> In my years of experience I have come across VERY readable assembler and
>> very unreadable COBOL, PASCAL, FORTRAN, ADA, C/C++, JAVA, etc. So I
>> suggest that a langauge does not inherently make resultant code readable.
> True, and false.  It is possible to write bad code in any language; but in
> my opinion, any programmer who has mastered Python (takes what, a couple
> of weeks? :-) *tends* to write more readable code than an equivalently
> accomplished programmer in any other language.
> Those of us who have been here a while have learned from experience of the
> ease of writing Python code, and reading it again later.  I have to admit,
> most of the Python I write is little stuff to do jobs I would have done
> with Bourne shell in the past... but I tend to save them for reuse as I
> would not have done with a command-line pipeline.

I can confirm this. when I write Python or Ruby code the programms
tend to be much more readable that with Perl or C/C++.
and definitely much shorter than C/C++ which makes it also more readable


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