Python handles globals badly.
marfig at gmx.com
Wed Sep 9 04:43:07 CEST 2015
On 09-09-2015 02:26, Ben Finney wrote:
> Mario Figueiredo <marfig at gmx.com> writes:
>> You know, it is a pointless exercise to try and downplay programming
>> languages (any programming language) that has proven its worth by
>> being generally adopted by the programming community. Adoption is the
>> sign of a respected and well designed language.
> I can think of numerous widely-adpoted languages that disprove that
> assertion, by nevertheless being poorly-designed languages that are
> loathed by the vast majority of programmers who use them.
> On the other hand, I think there is merit in an argument that runs the
> other way: the quality of languages that a community adopts are
> predictive of the quality of programs that community will produce.
I'll have to agree to an extent. And you did remind me of PHP. So
But in a way PHP served an important purpose in its time. Despite its
flaws, it was once an important language that helped solve programming
problems. And for that it served the purpose. Many of us went through it
for the lack of a better fast-and-dirty alternative to server-side
scripting. I remember others, like Cold Fusion or ASP. (Can't recall
exactly why Cold Fusion didn't experience a wider support. But, truth be
told I barely touched it).
In any case, it stands that, unless a programming language is so ruined
by bad design choices it is unusable, there is some kind of merit to its
ability to solve computational problems. And Lua, Java, Python, C++, C,
let me stop naming some popular or mildly popular languages, aren't
nowhere close to being in that game. They are superior choices, despite
our personal dislikes.
I can't stand Java. I just don't think calling it a mistake. It's worth
has been proven by its level of adoption and by the usable software that
and yet there's no denying of its importance. Even today we struggle to
find a better alternative to client-side scripting. Python is criticized
by so many. And yet I don't think calling on Python developers as an
inferior breed of programmers.
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