Python vs. Ruby

Bengt Richter bokr at
Thu Jan 2 12:36:26 CET 2003

On Wed, 01 Jan 2003 15:43:35 -0800, David Eppstein <eppstein at> wrote:

>In article <3759308d.0301011401.4b32deba at>,
> rpgnmets at (Rob Renaud) wrote:
>> So then the question becomes, why don't append(), sort(), reverse()
>> return a new list and not modify the original?  Are mutable objects
>> themselves a wart on the langauge?
>There is a level of purity beyond which a language can become a pretty 
>toy instead of a useful tool.
To the pure, everything, properly described, is pure ;-)

Bengt Richter

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