PyWart: "Python's import statement and the history of external dependencies"

Michael Torrie torriem at
Fri Nov 21 20:05:31 CET 2014

On 11/21/2014 11:24 AM, Rick Johnson wrote:
> Why am *i* the fool when it's obvious that
> the creators of Python were either shortsighted and/or
> careless with the designs? The only people who suffer are
> those who put their trust in the designer, and not the
> designer himself -- something is wrong with this picture!

So if you know how to create the perfect language that has a solution to
these very difficult problems, please come forward with it.  Until such
time, it's okay to identify problems with the language as you see them,
but to cast aspersion on the developers is out of line.  Do you know
Guido personally to know that he's short-sighted or careless?  I
certainly don't, but from what I can see he is neither.  Not perfect,
but pretty darn smart.  Much smarter than I am (despite the fact I can
also recognize several of Python's flaws).  The same goes for many other
core developers.  They tend to be smart, articulate, and know how to
communicate with people.  Everything is about trade-offs and the ones
Python makes work very well for most people.

Perhaps the problem with the picture is that you are unable to see it
clearly. I assure you that Python developers not only create Python,
they use it too, for their own purposes.  Why would think they are some
sort of cabal getting kicks from leading the poor masses of Python
programmers at their whim?

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