What's better about Ruby than Python?

Tim Rowe tim at remove_if_not_spam.digitig.co.uk
Tue Aug 19 23:31:42 CEST 2003


On 18 Aug 2003 22:17:12 +0100, jjl at pobox.com (John J. Lee) wrote:

>O'Caml, not to mention a bunch of others -- if only Python didn't do
>almost everything so well, there'd be more motivation...

Yep, that's the one.  I was up and running producing useful code in
Python within hours, and though I'd go to other languages for
particularly specialised tasks Python does pretty much everything I
want, does it well and does it easily.  On the other hand, I've tried
a few times to learn Ruby and never got to the point at which I could
produce anything useful.  I think it's because I've never used Perl
and have not used Un*x much.  Ruby, it seems to me, very much shows
those roots and so seems to me to have less of a general appeal.




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