Python & Go

Carl Banks pavlovevidence at
Thu Nov 12 09:54:55 CET 2009

On Nov 11, 8:42 pm, Carl Banks <pavlovevide... at> wrote:
> On Nov 11, 7:56 pm, geremy condra <debat... at> wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 9:00 PM, Mensanator <mensana... at> wrote:
> > > On Nov 11, 6:53 pm, kj <no.em... at> wrote:
> > >> I'm just learning about Google's latest: the GO (Go?) language.
> > >> (e.g.http://golang.orgor
> > >> There are some distinctly Pythonoid features to the syntax, such
> > >> as "import this_or_that",
> > > There's more to Python than import statements.
> > > In fact, this Go language is nothing like Python.
> > Actually, numerous analogies have been drawn between the two
> > both by whoever wrote the docs and the tech media, including
> > slashdot and techcrunch.
> Superficially it looks quite hideous, at least this sample does, but
> underneath the covers might be another question.  Javascript looks
> like Java but behaves more like Python.  Such might also be the case
> for Go.  I'll reserve judgment till I've looked at it, but it's
> advertised as natively supporting something I've always wanted in a
> static language: signatures (and, presumably, a culture to support
> them).

Ok, I've read up on the language and I've seen enough.
I, for one, won't be using it.

I don't think it has any possibility of gaining traction without
serious changes.  If Google decides to throw money at it and/or push
it internally (and I am skeptical Google's software engineers would
let themselved be browbeaten into using it) it'll be Lisp 2: Electric

Carl Banks

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