Learning Python now coming from Perl

Martin P. Hellwig martin.hellwig at dcuktec.org
Sat Dec 6 19:46:47 CET 2008


News123 wrote:
> 
> What's more painful is to learn which functianilty is in which library
> and which library exists.
> 
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Yes and one mistake I still often find myself doing is, when confronted 
with a particular problem, that I write some helper code to deal with 
it. Of course later on I discover that there is a standard module or 
built-in that does exactly what I want and better. :-)

Somehow in the heat of the moment my mind is not thinking 'there must be 
something out there which does what I want' but rather 'hmmm I think I 
can do it this way, clicker-di-click'.

In my opinion it is a positive attribute to the language that it makes 
solving problems so easy that you forget about searching for solutions. 
Maybe python should prompt every 10 lines of code a message saying 'Are 
you sure this can not be done with a built-in?' Most of the time it will 
be right anyway :-)

-- 
mph



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