[Tutor] References and list aliasing in Perl and Python [Was: Re: Dictionaries]

Victor Bouffier victor at grupocdm.com
Thu Jan 19 21:19:23 CET 2006

On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 23:03 -0800, Danny Yoo wrote:
> > > There are tradeoffs here.  On the one hand, Python folks get caught
> > > off guard when they first encounter list aliasing.  On the other, Perl
> > > folks get caught off guard when they first try to make a hash whose
> > > values are themselves lists.  *grin*
> > >
> > WOW. Great explanation. Don't worry about a deeper hole.
> >
> > Your examples once again reminded me of one of reasons I started looking
> > into Python instead of continuing with Perl. It is not the
> > functionality, but the convoluted scripts can get. One can hardly
> > understand the code.
> Hi Victor,
> That might be an unfair judgement.
> One can write really convoluted and ugly programs in any programming
> language.  And although I do think that our choice in what programming
> language we us can affect a program's clarity, I also believe that people
> matter much more than the programming language.
> Otherwise, what would be the point of a mailing list like this?  *grin*
> Best of wishes!

Yes, it is true.
Take care.

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