in reply to Re^2: For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business
in thread For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business
Now, that is deja vü all over again for me, too. “A system designed by committee.” Recommended the same action. Nothing wrong with having a multitude of languages in one system (although I do frown on shell-scripts), but each one should have a clearly defined reason for having been selected. Sometimes you feel that a rational design choice was made; sometimes it’s just an unholy mess. Even though all of these languages are quite powerful, the untoward mixing of them in a single project breeds complexity ... and sometimes you just have to get rid of some of it.
Python is an intriguing language with a lot of built-in list processing power; an obvious cultural heritage with LISP ... but I’m always afraid that someone will invent a “Python virus” that randomly inserts/removes spaces and tab-characters in the source code. (For those of you in the peanut gallery, indentation has semantic meaning in Python.) Still, it’s also one of my favorite tools.