What killed Smalltalk could kill Python

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 22 07:30:49 CET 2015


On 22/01/2015 02:11, Rick Johnson wrote:
> On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:34:40 AM UTC-6, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> In 2009, Robert Martin gave a talk at RailsConf titled
>> "What Killed Smalltalk Could Kill Ruby". (No cheering,
>> that sort of attitude is one of the things that killed
>> Smalltalk.) Although Martin discusses Ruby, the lessons
>> could also apply to Python.
>
> Python is already headed towards obscurity. The fall began
> with the release of Python3000 (from which we "might" have
> recovered), but now it seems that GvR intends to drive the
> final nail in python's coffin with this "type hinting" crap
> that will convert Python syntax from a readable pseudo code
> into a cryptic nightmare.
>
> Type hinting violates the very *ESSENCE* of what Python was
> meant to be, that is: a "clean and intuitive syntax". The
> cleanness of Python is what attracts people to it, and the
> hook is set when they discover the breadth of the stdlib.
>
> If GvR brings this gawd awful type hinting idea to reality,
> IT'S OVER! Python will be lost forever to history as just
> another "interesting oddity". Time to call up the Robert
> Ripley estate and request some space in his museum!
>

April 1st already?

Or will Python be saved by RickedPython3?

-- 
My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence




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