Paul Graham on Python hackers

510046470588-0001 at 510046470588-0001 at
Sat Aug 7 08:32:21 CEST 2004

ellisjb at writes:

> Yeah, but Graham goes on to lump perl in with python,

it doesn't make much of a difference. They are both infinitely much
better than J*** .

> so he clearly
> doesn't know what he's talking about. :)

> (In all seriousness I think python and java have a lot more in common
> than python and perl.)

no, that's not the case, as Java lacks something akin to perl's eval
and python's exec.
In addition, Java lacks asynchronous system calls and is thus unable
to implement the curses library, unlike perl and python.
on top of all, perl and python allow to write empty programs,
whereas in that crap of Java, it's already hard to write a program
that does nothing. Already  hello world in Java is a monster
that turns away decent hackers. 
And the Java standard is less opensource friendly than perl, python,
scheme, ruby, elastiC, tcl, lua ... 
and all the other decent languages.

Klaus Schilling

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