Why use Python instead of Perl?

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Thu Feb 6 01:36:10 CET 2003

walterbyrd wrote:

> I am learning some perl, I don't know any python. I think perl is a
> butt-ugly language, but perl does seem to be functional.

If that's the case, you may be pleasantly surprised with Python.  Python
is suitable for many of the same tasks that Perl is, but is much more
readable and lends itself much more to writing self-documenting code.

> I have programmed in over a dozen languages. I am reluctant to learn
> more. I have been learning perl, because it seems to be the only
> language that does all that stuff I have mentioned in my questions.

If you know a dozen languages, why would you be reluctant to learn more?
Most programmers I know (including my biased self) are always on the
lookout for adding _more_ languages to their repertoire, to broaden
their horizons and put another bullet point on their resume.

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