python without OO

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Thu Jan 27 14:29:57 CET 2005

<michele.simionato at> wrote:
> Some complexity is not needed, and I am sure even in Python
> something could be dropped. But it is difficult to find what can
> be removed. Remember that Saint-Exupery quote? Something
> like "a work of art is finished when there is nothing left to remove?"

Saint-Éxupery was an engineer (and a pioneer of flight) and so he was
referring to a designer (and no doubt had in mind those planes...), not
to an artist (not his fault if he's better remembered as a novelist;-).

As for what can be removed from Python, one could start at
<> -- while each of us will find
there some "complexity" one loves and uses often (be it lambda, buffer,
reload, ...), it's a good start.


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