As Simple As Possible?

Tom Anderson twic at
Thu Aug 18 16:05:02 CEST 2005

On Thu, 18 Aug 2005, Jules Dubois wrote:

> On Wednesday 17 August 2005 22:11, jitya <jitendran at>
> (<1124338318.133726.304370 at>) wrote:
>> After three years of study, I have concluded that Python is about as 
>> simple as a full-powered object-oriented language can get.
>> I know of no language to which these words apply more than Python.
> Smalltalk is or would be my first choice if everything else were equal.
> Python is what I actually use.

The showstopping problem with smalltalk, IMHO, is the intertwining of the 
language and the environment. Smalltalk weenies hold this up as one of its 
greatest strengths, but to me, it just looks like there's twice as much to 
learn to begin with. A good command-line smalltalk plus a python-style 
simple interactive environment would be a winning combination.

Otherwise, i agree that smalltalk is basically the perfect language.


If you tolerate this, your children will be next.

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