The narcissism of small code differences

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Mon Nov 11 10:25:14 CET 2013

I never thought I'd be saying this but welcome back Rick :)

On 11/11/2013 06:50, Rick Johnson wrote:
> On Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:42:04 AM UTC-6, Steven
> D'Aprano wrote:
>> Uses an example written in Ruby, but don't
>> let that put you off:
> Why would it? I write Ruby code all the time. Ruby code in
> and of itself does not bother me, what bothers me about Ruby
> is the ease at which a programmer can write inconsistent and
> convoluted code -- evidenced by the poor examples in your
> linked article. Case in point.
> To save anyone else from reading this long-winded "blab
> fest" chalk full the driest humor and "cyclic illogical
> meandering" that could make a ferris-wheel blush with
> jealousy...
>    In a nutshell the author attempts to plead for the
>    "longevity" of "old code bases" simply on the basis of his
>    assertion that "old code bases" are "less buggy" and
>    contain more "wisdom" than their new brethren -- both of
>    which are absurd conclusions!

I recall that the demise of Netscape was due to them trying to 
completely rewrite code of this nature.  The exception that proves the rule?

Python is the second best programming language in the world.
But the best has yet to be invented.  Christian Tismer

Mark Lawrence

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