[Types-sig] RE: [meta-sig] The Types-SIG is comatose. Let's retire it.

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Fri, 03 Dec 1999 08:32:13 -0600

David Ascher wrote:
> Sounds quite a bit like JimH's proposal @ IPC7 (or was it 6?).  He 
> got booed, IIRC, but that was just an emotional reaction, methinks. =)

<scowl> There is no non-trivial Python extension that will not get

I like the Visual Basic approach because it is simple, seems intuitive
to me, does not depend on any new ideas at all and thus does not require
a lot of debate. To me, Python's brilliance is in eschewing innovation.
People come to it and say: "this is the language I have been looking
for". Other than whitespace there is no "weird stuff." It just takes the
best ideas from every other language and simplifies the hell out of

While I'm ranting, the other problem new people have is the whole
reference/copy issue. Is there any language that has more understandable
(perhaps more explicit) semantics for that stuff that we could steal for

P.S. I brainwashed another one today. Literal quote: "This is the
language I've been looking for."
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more
specific." --Lily Tomlin