Why do Pythoneers reinvent the wheel?

Tim Daneliuk tundra at tundraware.com
Sun Sep 11 00:57:07 CEST 2005


Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:

> On 10 Sep 2005 05:36:08 EDT, Tim Daneliuk <tundra at tundraware.com>
> declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:
> 
> 
> 
>>On a more general note, for all the promises made over 3 decades about
>>how OO was the answer to our problems, we have yet to see quantum
> 
> 
> 	OO goes back /that/ far? (2 decades, yes, I might even go 2.5
> decades for academia <G>). My college hadn't even started "structured
> programming" (beyond COBOL's PERFORM statement) by the time I graduated
> in 1980. Well, okay... SmallTalk... But for most of the "real world", OO
> became a known concept with C++ mid to late 80s.
> 

OO ideas predate C++ considerably.  The idea of encapsulation and
abstract data types goes back to the 1960s IIRC.  I should point
out that OO isn't particularly worse than other paradigms for
claiming to be "The One True Thing".  It's been going on for
almost a half century.   I've commented on this previously:

     http://www.tundraware.com/Technology/Bullet/

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