How do you program in Python?

Peter Hansen peter at
Tue Jul 5 15:12:49 EDT 2005

Tom Anderson wrote:
> +1 insight of the century. This is the heart of the unix way - lots of 
> simple little programs that do exactly one thing well, and can be 
> composed through simple, clean interfaces. For actually getting things 
> done, a toolkit beats a swiss army knife.

Perhaps, but I'm puzzled how that explanation would apply to emacs and 
those who use it as a swiss army knife, doing everything from editing to 
email to laundry in the same editor...

(Note: this isn't a flame about emacs, nor vi for that matter, just a 
discussion about the apparent conflict in the two philosophies embodied 
by the "simple little programs" and the "emacs" approaches.)


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