Programing family

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Wed Feb 10 00:31:32 CET 2010

On Tue, 09 Feb 2010 17:49:21 +0100, Bruno Desthuilliers wrote:

> On Feb 8, 2010, at 8:39 PM, AON LAZIO <aonlazio at> wrote:
>>> I have thought funny things
>>> If we think all languages are like a family
> Then it would be a very incestuous family fore sure.
>>> I could draft them like this (Python base)
>>> C is Python's Mom
>>> C++ : Dad
> Not that much C++ in Python, IMHO. If that's for the OO part, then the
> closer to Python's object model I can think of is javascript.

I thought that Javascript didn't even have inheritance until recently? 
Like in the last year?

> Historically, Python comes from ABC, which itself comes from SETL.
>>> Pascal/Assembly : Grandparents
> Assembly ? What about binary machine code then ?-)

I'd say assembly is more like the distant answer, back when we still had 
tails and lived in trees and worried about being eaten by eagles.

>>> C#   : Uncle
>>> Java : Ant
> Interesting typo here !-)
> Hmmm... Python predates both C# and Java. Ok, technically speaking
> nothing prevents an uncle or aunt from being younger than their nephews,
> and I even saw the case a couple time - but that's far from being the
> common case.
>>> Ruby: Cousin
>>> Perl : Girlfriend
> Then it's kind of a very passionate love-hate relationship - bordering
> on pathological FWIW !-)

I'd say that the girlfriend is more likely Lisp or Haskell -- some of the 
more functional aspects of Python have been inspired by these languages.

> Now you forgot the whole Lisp / ML heritage - most FP stuff -, and of
> course Simula and Smalltalk.


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