Python handles globals badly.

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sat Sep 12 04:35:00 CEST 2015

On 11/09/2015 03:19, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Thursday 10 September 2015 20:33:03 Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
>> On Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:04:05 -0700 (PDT), rurpy--- via Python-list
>> <python-list at> declaimed the following:
>>> I also doubt there were more programming languages around in the
>>> 1970s than now, on the grounds that there were far fewer people
>>> capable of writing a compiler or interpreter in those days, and
>>> there were far fewer tools to help, or easily accessible knowledge
>>> about how to do do it.
>> 	Yet there were enough assorted semi-specialized languages in use on
>> military programs to induce the DoD to run the competition for a
>> singular language -- which became Ada.
> And which should be noted that it has been a rather spectacular failure
> in the commercial market.  Does that mean that those who can code in Ada
> are working only for the military's suppliers, and because they are a
> scarce commodity, writing their own paycheck? I don't know, other than
> no one is publically bragging about it.
>> --
>> 	Wulfraed                 Dennis Lee Bieber         AF6VN
>>      wlfraed at    HTTP://
> Cheers, Gene Heskett

Ada took over from CORAL in the UK, at least in military projects.  It 
was also used in the aircraft industry. My old work mates tell me that 
its completely died a death, to be replaced by C++.  Someone please 
remind me never to fly again.

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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