in reply to Perl fan being tempted with Python

I hate to say it but python seems to be 'winning'. My palm pilot which I am never far from runs python. New cell phones run python. Google uses python a lot, and they have many more really smart people than most web companies. Perl's there is more than one way to do it is good for many things, but for some packages like wx it is nice if most everyone does things the same way. I think python is easier to do guis because there is less ways to do it. Of course context sensitive white space is insane, reminds me of BASIC.

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Re^2: Perl fan being tempted with Python
by Ninthwave (Chaplain) on Jun 17, 2005 at 12:24 UTC

    It's the 6 vs half dozen argument. I think what makes perl powerful in many situations is the many ways to do it. It makes things possible. The just one way to do thing method in some languages make doing certain tasks near impossible. This makes it easy to learn a one way to do it language, easy to implement, easy to debug and a pain to do anything outside of its box. Perl is flexible, and that means you can do alot with it.

    As for winning or losing this is why I am a huge supporter of the concepts in Parrot. If Parrot gets off the ground everyone wins, which means for people who have invested time in different languages they have a common interpreter to use. And for people that need to migrate from one their applications from one language to another they have a platform from which to do the changes by function, object, subroutine without losing the whole thing.

    And to me that is where the perl community wins, it sees a need for change and starts out to create a tool for everyone not just the perl community. Because the perl community in general sees perl as one of many tools.

    Now I am not a code guru or even big on Parrot or Pugs at all. But this is what the talk in the mailing lists and news groups are selling me, and my play with parrot is beginning to tell me that the perl community has the right idea on this. But time will tell if the right idea will become the right reality.

    "No matter where you go, there you are." BB
Re^2: Perl fan being tempted with Python
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 17, 2005 at 05:33 UTC
    but for some packages like wx it is nice if most everyone does things the same way
    Between python and perl, the gui situation is practically the same. The python wx interface is not as stable as the perl wx interface.