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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