[OT] Compilable Python-like language?
imbosol at aerojockey.invalid
Sun Mar 21 05:18:25 CET 2004
Peter Hansen wrote:
> John Roth wrote:
>> Actually, I believe he did specify what he wanted it for. He said,
>> and I'm quoting from is message:
> [snip quote]
>> [end quote]
>> The key phrase here is
>> "just uses Python's basic syntax characteristics (no end-of-statement
> > markers, use indentation to denote
>> code blocks, less verbose syntax overall, etc) without the advanced dynamic
>> and OO features would still be interesting to me"
>> I certainly think that is clear enough. He wants a compiled language
>> that has some of Python's ease of use features. Is that so hard to
> Yes, it is. Compiling something is not only an ambiguous concept (Java
> is compiled, but generally runs only on virtual machines and so does not
> have some of the benefits of languages which are compiled to native
> machine code), but does not have *inherent* benefits.
On an abstract level, this is true. On a practical level, when
someone asks for, or refers to, a language that "compiles to binary"
(OP's exact words), we know what he's referring to.
> Without any idea whether Ed wanted improved *packaging*, or
> *performance*, or something else (an academic exercise?), it isn't
> possible to provide a useful answer.
I highly disagree.
If he's smart enough to decide that the type of language he asked for
is best for his needs, then a simple "yes, here it is" or "sorry,
there isn't" would be useful to him.
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