How do you feel ?

Howard Stearns howard.stearns at
Sat Aug 7 02:18:57 CEST 2004

I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Lisp programmer by history, but not for pay these 
days. I'm trying Python for a nights-and-weekends project. And every time 
I use it, I tell my wife (a technically savy non-programmer) that "hey, 
this Python stuff really isn't bad. It's.... well..., pretty good."

Of course, the first thing I did was re-implement generic functions.  But 
other than that, I'm must using the libraries. They're good. I'm having 
fun again!

The one thing I've found annoying is that I haven't yet discovered how to 
do whatever I want in lambda expressions. I have top-level assignments 
where I'd like create a function to use as the the value being assigned. I 
don't know how to define a named function in a top-level assignment, and a 
lambda won't allow me to use 'try' and other statements -- just 
expressions. Or am I looking at things wrong?

Sylvain Hellegouarch wrote:

> Hi,
> A bit off topic.
> I just wondered what was your feeling when you were coding with Python. 
> I have beebn coding with different languages and the only that has given 
> me the will to invent or to be creative has been Python. Python allows 
> me not to focus on the complexity of the language itself.
> Of course, from time to time, I find something that is not clear to me 
> but indeed after a couple of research you find the information you were 
> looking for.
> I love that language and above all, I love using it.
> Sorry for this little spam but it is always good to acknowledge good 
> things and not only complaining when it doesn't work.
> Thanks the Python team.
> - Sylvain

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