which feature of python do you like most?
mde at micah.elliott.name
Tue Nov 8 19:59:27 CET 2005
zelzel.zsu at gmail.com wrote:
> What do you use in your dairy work with python?
Cows hate snakes!
> which feature of python do you like most?
Various success stories:
(and see follow-on conversations)
Wingware (nice list):
Kevin Altis' link collection:
If Python doesn't already maintain an official "list of benefits",
maybe it should. Probably many in this group have a personal laundry
list. Here's mine:
- Interactive interpreter for various testing of expressions before
inserting into actual source code file.
- Built-in types have powerful default functionality.
- Portability via virtual machine. No need to build for multiple
architectures/platforms. And already installed on any platform
worth caring about.
- Can write code at many levels of quality: robust (using classes,
exceptions, data protection, etc.) or rapid (a script with no
hierarchical constructs). Scales very well for large projects.
- No proprietary lock-in.
- Libraries such as optparse, logging, ply, etc. allow for reusable
components in very few lines of code.
- Automatic memory management.
- Lack of static typing.
- Built-in documentation/help system.
- Adheres to UNIX philosophy.
- Intuitive process management.
- Robust/powerful regular expression engine.
- Syntax is very clean and readable/maintainable: executable
pseudocode. Language is compact; can hold entire language in head:
idioms and library routines. Only a couple books required to be
completely up-to-speed on language.
- Strong integration with other languages (even though I don't use
- Ease of introspection/meta-programming.
- Fast GUI building.
- Only one (sometimes two) way to do things right.
- Rapid creation of unit tests (pyunit, doctest, hybrid).
- Very simple exception handling (automatic propagation) makes usage
more common, manageable.
- String-handling features better than other languages.
- Many fewer lines of code necessary to accomplish a task than with
- Very supportive and active community.
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