Python's biggest compromises
aleax at aleax.it
Thu Aug 7 00:21:20 CEST 2003
Gerrit Holl wrote:
>> > Python predates Java.
>> Yeah, snakes drink coffee too.
> Both for Python and Java is true that it is unclear when in emerged.
> Pythons have existed for a looooooooong time, so has Jawa. But only
Not really. What existed (in Ethiopia, only) as a wild plant variant of
coffee, before man got to it, has by now a rather thin relation with the
widespread coffee plants -- and it didn't grow on the island of Java,
nor anywhere else in Indonesia, only in a small corner of Ethiopia.
Generally, man has had a huge influence on plants and animals it
raises, a much thinner one on those it doesn't; often it makes sense
to consider different species for the agriculturally or pastorally
"enhanced" (from man's viewpoint) variants, with respect to the
preexistent wild "cousins". Thus, I would suggest "Java" didn't
exist before (at most) about 1000 years ago -- while phythons most
> Pascal is even newer, he lived very recently in this context.
"Ada", on the other hand, being the start of "Adam", might claim
"C sharp" presumably requires musical instruments on a well-
tempered scale -- if so, then it seems to me it should be even
newer than Pascal.
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