Complementary language?

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at
Sun Dec 26 03:23:14 CET 2004

HackingYodel wrote:
> Hello all!  I'm learning to program at home.  I can't imagine a better 
> language than Python for this.  The ideal situation, for me, would be to 
> study two languages at the same time.  Probably sounds crazy, but it 
> works out better for me.  Being a newbie, I find almost all languages 
> fascinating.  C, D, Objective-C, Ocaml, C++, Lisp, how is a non-tech to 
> choose?  Does any single language do a better job in Python's weaker 
> areas? Would anyone care to suggest one to supplement Python.  That is, 
> if you could only use Python and one other language, which would it be? 
>  Thank you for your time and help.

Python (CPython - aka standard - implementation) and C would be my preferred 

The reason is that I often work with hardware, and hardware means C (since every 
vendor I have ever dealt with provides a C API for their drivers).

It combines well with the CPython interpreter as that, as you may have guessed 
from the name, is written in C and exports a direct C/API.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at   |   Brisbane, Australia

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