Number of languages known [was Re: Python is readable] - somewhat OT

Steve Howell showell30 at
Fri Mar 23 04:11:38 CET 2012

On Mar 22, 12:14 pm, Chris Angelico <ros... at> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 4:44 AM, Steven D'Aprano
> <steve+comp.lang.pyt... at> wrote:
> > The typical developer knows three, maybe four languages
> > moderately well, if you include SQL and regexes as languages, and might
> > have a nodding acquaintance with one or two more.
> I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "moderately well", nor
> "languages", but I'm of the opinion that a good developer should be
> able to learn a new language very efficiently. Do you count Python 2
> and 3 as the same language? What about all the versions of the C
> standard?

Not only is it hard to define what we precisely mean when we say
"[knows] moderately well" or "[n number of] languages", but what in
the world are we talking about with respect to "the typical
developer"?  How do we even begin to define that term?

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