Why Python is like C++

Gregory Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Dec 22 01:14:26 CET 2013


Christian Gollwitzer wrote:
> GW-BASIC was a weak language, but two significant characters is 
> definitely too few. I think it was eight.

That may have been true for MS-DOS era BASICS. If
you have a whopping 640KB for your program, then
it doesn't matter so much.

The 8-bit era was much more constrained. With only
48KB (or less, depending on how fancy a graphics
mode you wanted to use) people didn't like to use
any more chars than they strictly needed!

-- 
Greg



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