Scripting (was Re: Python books, literature etc)

bartc bartc at
Sat Jan 9 20:19:33 CET 2010

"Peter" <vmail at> wrote in message 
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>> Sounds good.
>> Regarding the book's title: is it just me, or are Python programmers
>> in general put off when people call it "scripting"?
>> I won't attempt a strict definition of the term "scripting language",
>> but it seems like non-programmers use it to mean "less scary than what
>> you might think of as programming", while programmers interpret it as
>> "not useful as a general-purpose language".
> It took me a while to take "scripting" seriously. I grew up with Pascal 
> and Eiffel and I found it difficult to appreciate dynamic typing and 
> scripting. The author Langtangen is explaining in detail why he considers 
> scripting useful, in particular he provides an automatic test suite to run 
> different language versions ( perl, python, c, c++) of the same program to 
> compare performance. The results are amazing, in that some of the examples 
> run faster than the C++ version.

I think if you can get Python to run fast (compared to compiled languages), 
then that's scripting (ie. just using it to sequence lots of built-in 
functions and operations).

If it runs a lot slower than those other languages, then you're probably 
doing some programming.

And with programs where the runtime is not significant, it could be 


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