How does Ruby compare to Python?? How good is DESIGN of Ruby compared to Python?

Greg Ewing (using wmwd2zz02 at
Tue Mar 2 01:28:43 CET 2004

Cameron Laird wrote:
> While I'm all in favor of distinguishing superficial from
> fundamental characteristics, I think the last sentence 
> above is misleading.  Ruby is a direct descendant from 
> Perl, I'm sure; I thought I had the word from Matz himself
> that he deliberately modeled a great deal of Ruby on Perl
> (and Smalltalk, of course).

I'm just going by what I see in the language. Beneath the
syntax, I see a lot that's very Smalltalk-like in Ruby.
I don't see anything that's fundamentally Perl-like,
on the other hand.

Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,	
Christchurch, New Zealand

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