Larry Wall's comment on python...

Joseph A. Knapka jknapka at
Fri Sep 6 17:23:56 EDT 2002

Rod Stephenson wrote:
> Slashdot has a list of questions posed to Larry Wall (perl). When
> asked his thoughts on other scripting languages, he makes the
> following observation about python
> "Python is cool to look at small bits of, but I think the "outline"
> syntax breaks down with larger chunks of code. I'm with Aristotle on
> the structure of discourse--a story should have a beginning, and
> middle, and an end. So should blocks"
> I'm not quite sure what he's trying to get at here - I guess that for
> a long heavily indented chunk of code, you could lose track of the
> overall structure,

...whereas with Perl, you can lose track of the overall structure
in a single line, brackets or no.

-- Joe
  "I'd rather chew my leg off than maintain Java code, which
   sucks, 'cause I have a lot of Java code to maintain and
   the leg surgery is starting to get expensive." - Me

More information about the Python-list mailing list