New to Python: Features

Richard Blackwood richardblackwood at
Tue Oct 5 05:50:46 CEST 2004

Andrew Dalke wrote:

> Richard Blackwood wrote:
>> Hi, I'm new to Python and I'd like to know if Python has the 
>> following support: *please answer to each individually, thanks*
> Welcome to Python.  I've been using it for almost a decade
> and full time for 7 years and quite enjoy it.
> However.  You've asked a whole bunch of questions which
> look as if you've not done any research on your own.  It
> has the feeling almost that you're asking us to do a
> homework assignment for you.  Given the question
> > 39. Unicode
> it means you haven't even looked at the tutorial at
> with its section 3.1.3 "Unicode strings".
> much less given a cursory review of the reference manual at
> Given your questions about closure, tail recursion,
> JIT, prototype-based OOP, etc. you are apparently not
> new to programming.  Reading through the base
> documentation should be a much better use of your time
> and ours than having people answer your questions point
> by point.  After all, some of your questions require
> non-trivial amounts of contextualization to answer
> correctly.  Eg, your #30 assumes a Smalltalk paradigm,
> while Python uses a different way to achieve similar
> ends, your #28 requires explaining Python's reference
> based semantics where variable have only one type,
> reference to object, and your #11 requires a stern
> warning that such behaviour is almost certainly a
> security hole waiting to happen.
> The most suspicious part about your post is your
> haphazard use of so many different programming
> paradigms combined with the almost pedigogical way
> of describing some of them.
> Please read the basic Python documentation before
> asking these questions.
>                 Andrew
>                 dalke at

Ouch!  I didn't expect such harsh replies.  Thanks anyways.

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