Another scripting language implemented into Python itself?

Cameron Laird claird at
Tue Jan 25 12:08:03 EST 2005

In article <1106624803.825442.73870 at>,
Carl Banks <invalidemail at> wrote:
>> Python, or Perl, or TCL, or Ruby, or PHP,
>Not PHP.  PHP is one of the better (meaning less terrible) examples of
>what happens when you do this sort of thing, which is not saying a lot.
>PHP was originally not much more than a template engine with some
>crude operations and decision-making ability.  Only its restricted
>problem domain has saved it from the junkheap where it belongs.
>TCL isn't that great in this regard, either, as it makes a lot of
>common operations that ought to be very simple terribly unweildy.
I've lost track of the antecedent by the time of our arrival at
"this regard".  I want to make it clear that, while Tcl certainly
is different from C and its imitators, and, in particular, insists
that arithmetic be expressed more verbosely than in most languages,
the cause is quite distinct from the imperfections perceived in 
PHP.  PHP is certainly an instance of "scope creep" in its semantics.
Tcl was designed from the beginning, though, and has budged little in
over a decade in its fundamentals; Tcl simply doesn't bother to "make
a lot of common operations ..." concise.

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