What's better about Ruby than Python?

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Wed Aug 20 20:06:59 CEST 2003


In article <s497kvcr4h4r6rf9s7tlcq1gjqpj277304 at 4ax.com>,
Doug Tolton  <dtolton at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>I just don't find that argument compelling.  By that logic we should
>write the most restrictive language possible on the most restrictive
>platform possible (ie VB on Windows) because allowing choice is
>clearly a bad thing.

It's all about maintaining balance.  After all, Python forces you to
format your code in a specific way rather than allowing the freedom of
C/C++ or Perl.

>Don't introduce a feature because it would be so cool that everyone
>would use it?  That's just plain weird.
>
>The Python Core language would still always be controlled by Guido,
>but I don't see the problem with a community of people writing cool
>macro's for python.

Guido's mantra is readability.  If you can come up with a concrete
suggestion for a macro system that won't affect Python's readability,
please propose a PEP.  Otherwise, there's not much use arguing about it,
because people won't pay attention.
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