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Re: Perl vs. Python: Looking at the Code

by cjf (Parson)
on Apr 03, 2002 at 18:10 UTC ( #156373=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl vs. Python: Looking at the Code

My entire experience using python consists of reading a few online tutorials and writing a couple "Hello, World!" level scripts. In compliance with your warning, I will not comment on the technical aspects of Perl vs Python (feel free to flame me anyways though :)

What I will comment on is the style in which you asked this question.

First of all, your post focused purely on why Python was better than Perl. Your bias was very obvious from the beginning and you failed to mention any area where Perl had an advantage. A good argument will show the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, not the strengths of one and the weaknesses of another.

Secondly, your argument focused mostly on very minor syntax differences. Saving keystrokes is not a huge issue. If you truly feel that Python is a superior language you should have at the very least written more about how you believe it scales better for larger products, given more in-depth examples of how development time is faster, and provided some benchmarks.

Thirdly, the language in your post was very argumentative. Read the last three paragraphs of your post again. They have a very condescending tone, insult the intelligence of the reader, and to top it all off you end them with You Will Be Flamed. This doesn't exactly provide the best environment for a reasonable discussion.

I alway look for the best tool for the job and enjoy reading comparisons between languages, However, your post has taught me nothing about Python that I didn't already know. I encourage you to take these points into consideration and post a more educational node in the future.

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