Language issues... or, "the wolf explains how Python isn't his chosen language, using the miserable childhood as the excuse."
Recent comments in a.l.f made me to see one programming-related thing:
I'm too much used to C-like program style.
I didn't do enough Turbo Pascal back in the day.
Think of it: In my early programming days, I coded mostly in Microsoft's hideous Commodore Basic. Now that was a tight environment and no way I was able to even breathe. Program had to be crushed. The end result was... a pile. Not good-looking code. Just a pile of commands. That was a particularly claustrophobic experience. At most 65536 lines. At most 80 characters per line - if you cheat, some more, and please do, because you really shouldn't worry of indentation or stylistic things with this amount of memory or with this 40-column display...
I coded in TP for some time, but relatively quickly (in less than 2 years) I was already programming in C. I later moved also to C++, Perl and Java. What drew me to C and relatives was the freedom. Freedom of make the code as pretty as possible. Pascal was better than Basic, but it wasn't always readable or pretty. I didn't always like it. (Well, TP was better-looking than some other dialects...)
Yesterday I saw some Basic-like code and I couldn't spot the bug in it because I misprocessed it in my mind. That was always a problem in Basic-like code... and it still is. Seeing where the problems are, seeing what's going on - that's much easier for my mind when things are written in "the C way".
So, this is why I do Perl and not much Python. It's because I can't see a thing! In Python - like in all procedural languages that don't look like C - things appear to be closer than each other. Important things are... well, near. Python is better than TP because it isn't as claustrophobia-inducing as other languages of its kind, but...
...I think what I'm saying is this: What comes to code structure and layout, with Python you can build huuuge skyscrapers with a lot of small apartments - and with Perl, you can build everything from gigantic concert halls to outhouses.
Maybe I'm wrong again. I know I'm definitely wrong by posting something that looks like an Argument in This Gigantic Language War Of Our Age.