Language issues... or, "the wolf explains how Python isn't
his chosen language, using the miserable childhood as the
Recent comments in a.l.f made me to see one
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
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.