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TeeJay (2309)

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Thursday June 26, 2003
03:58 PM

my first foray into python...

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my dear god this language is ugly - its like the bastard offspring of Basic and Pascal that was raised by COBOL.

Some plucky python programmer wrote a basic Autodia parser based on the PHP handler and suggested it would only be 20 minutes work to patch the PHP version based on a little python knowledge.

yucky yucky yucky!

And I though PHP was a nasty little child

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  • I think you're being too harsh. On quite a lot of levels, Python and Perl are very close indeed. I don't think that a comparison to COBOL is fair at all - nothing similiar whatsoever.

    I'm quite surprised at how bad you've found it, though. Generally, I find python code to be pretty readable and comprehensible. Of course, you can write assembly in any language, but on the whole people don't seem to in python.


    • It's not completely unfair. Both Python and COBOL had "readability" in mind, especially for people who were new to programming. It's no surprise to end up a little verbose in odd places.

    • I find python code over-verbose...

      why use a symbol for appending something to a value when you can use a word and some brackets???? Because of its verbosity I see python being even more unfriendly to non-english programmers.

      I have managed to get a basic parser fetching out methods and discarding comments (hint to language writers out there - don't close multi-line comments with the same symbol it sucks and don't use three of them for god's sake!) and already found that it seems to lack sensible namespac


      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;