[oclug] Yet Another Language Discussion (was Re: Python )
Michael P. Soulier
msoulier at digitaltorque.ca
Fri Jun 20 16:55:51 EDT 2003
On 20/06/03 Francis J. A. Pinteric did speaketh:
> I also rather like Python. It's a relatively simple but powerful
> language. As a structured language and an object oriented language,
> it's got all the basic functionality and data abstraction mechanisms
> you'd expect from such languages. It's got it's weaknesses too. As
> some people have already observed, the <tab> can be a problem. When I
> first saw this, I said "cool." But once you begin programming larger
> programmes you begin wish you had and `end' statement.
OOC, why would an end statement help?
The typical Python counter-question to someone saying that large
functions can be hard to follow is, "why are your functions so large?"
If you can afford to use a scripting language, you can afford enough
modularity to keep your functions down to a page at a time.
> With some of the stuff I've been doing recently, I'd like to be able to
> have the fast prototyping ability of Tk and the object oriented
> construction of Python (with `end' statements). In fact, if there were
> a way to merge Python and Tk that would be an interesting and useful
Well, they have in Tkinter. It's quite nice actually.
Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at digitaltorque.ca>, GnuPG pub key: 5BC8BE08
"...the word HACK is used as a verb to indicate a massive amount
of nerd-like effort." -Harley Hahn, A Student's Guide to Unix
IM: msoulier at jabber.org
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