end of print = lower productivity ?
Alan G Isaac
aisaac at american.edu
Mon Dec 1 20:12:38 CET 2008
I actually trust that the developers had good
reasons for this change, but I think it is
silly to argue that it is costless. The
question is, what is the cost-benefit trade-off?
One obvious cost is that working at the
interpreter prompt is now slightly less
convenient. Just because the cost is small
does not mean it should not be offset by a
I am less sympathetic to the suggestion that
there is an inconvenience when working in
an editor, but clearly some people find one.
My preferred transition would have been to
retain the `print` statement but add a `printf`
function (i.e., the new `print` function).
Presumably many would find this a repulsive
redundancy and a needless maintenance headache.
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