Guido on python3 for beginners

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Thu Feb 18 01:47:07 EST 2016


On Wednesday 17 February 2016 19:51, Rustom Mody wrote:

> I hope someone can help me find this link: There is some record that Guido
> has said that python3 is probably a bit harder on noobs than python2.
> 
> Does anyone know/have that link?


I can't say that I've seen it. I know that Raymond Hettinger is not too fond 
of adding new syntactic features that add little in the way of power but 
make the language harder to learn, but I don't recall anyone saying that it 
is harder for newbies to get started with Python 3 than Python 2.

There are more features in Python 3, so in that trivial sense of "more to 
learn", I suppose that it is objectively correct that it is harder to learn 
than Python 2. But I don't think the learning curve is any steeper. If 
anything, the learning curve is ever-so-slightly less steep.


-- 
Steve



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