Paul Graham on Python hackers

Michael Geary Mike at
Sun Aug 8 08:39:02 CEST 2004

>     >> (In all seriousness I think python and java have a lot more in
>     >> common than python and perl.)
>     zoltan> This a flamebait, right? Otherwise I would be interested
>     zoltan> in the features which make Python similar to Java
>     zoltan> (shudder).

Ville Vainio:
> Abundant reference semantics. Of course this is true of all OOP
> language, and Java doesn't go all the way with it either, but it's the
> most popular language that does it. It is also the first OOP language
> that does it that I tried, and I totally digged Java for a while
> before meeting Python and other languages that do it, and realized
> Java is still yet another static-typing-done-wrong low level language.

What are "Abundant reference semantics"?

I agree wholeheartedly with your conclusion; I'm just not sure what the
premise is.



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