C++ or Python
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Sun Jun 29 05:54:53 CEST 2008
On Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:22:26 -0700, Kurda Yon wrote:
> I would like to know what are advantages of Python in comparison with C
> ++? In which cases and why Python can be a better tool than C++?
> Thank you!
Python's automatic tracebacks on errors facilitate debugging very nicely.
Python doesn't have much in the way of stray pointer references or out of
bounds array references (you'd pretty much have to use a poorly-written
extension module to get them), making development in and maintenance of
python code much less expensive in human time.
Python has garbage collection, which means you don't need to worry much
about memory leaks.
Python isn't just another curly brace language - it reads more like the
pseudocode you'd see scribbled on a white board, perhaps than any other
Python's a very dynamic language - so there are things where C++ would
catch errors for you that Python wouldn't. However, this also means that
you don't spend time declaring variables over and over in Python. Also,
things like passing a method as a function parameter is a no-brainer
(requires extra syntax in java because of the cautious type system - not
sure about C++). Python's dynamicity also means that you don't need a
clunky mechanism like templates or have to use inheritance just to get
In python, everything is an object. Not everything has methods, but
everything can be stuck into a variable - modules, pieces of code,
whatever. Just try to stick an arbitrary header file's expansion into a
variable in C++.
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