Novel Thoughts on Scripting and Languages

Grant Edwards grante at
Wed Jan 8 19:48:07 CET 2003

In article <52719db8.0301080732.15604813 at>, James Huang wrote:
> Grant Edwards <grante at> wrote in message news:<slrnb1ncej.n6a.grante at localhost.localdomain>...

>> Then python isn't a scripting language, since it can't do that sort of
>> stuff.  I think.  I don't know what the language above is nor what the
>> example does, but it appears to be manipulating files more-or-less directly
>> the way a shell script does.
>> Here is how you do an os command in C:
>>  system("ls -l >foo");
>> Here is how you do the same thing in Python:
>>  os.system("ls -l >foo")
>> Not much difference, eh?
> I'd say quite different even in this example.

How are the two examples above "quite different?"

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