I want to learn a new language...

Michael L Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Wed Feb 14 16:04:58 MST 2007

On Wed, 2007-02-14 at 14:30 -0700, Bryan Sant wrote:
> Python.  Python is the front runner for me.  I like speed and Python
> is comparatively fast.  I like that Python is on most Linux systems
> (but no UNIX systems in the entire world).  

Jython may be good for you.  It's python implemented in Java and can
access the full java class library from python, as well as the standard
python library.


> I like that Python is very
> readable and confines developers to use a similar layout and style.  I
> like that Python is named after a Monty Python.  I think snakes are
> cool.  On the down side, I heard that Python didn't originally have OO
> capabilities and that this was later bolted on (the same is true for
> Perl).  I get my OO, so what am I complaining about?  Well, when you
> don't have to use OO, you often find code snippets and other
> developers who haven't bothered to learn and write OO code, so you're
> stuck with crap semi-OO code or none at all.  Ruby being OO from the
> start seems like it would have a better object oriented standard lib
> and a more OO competent user community.  I also don't like that Python
> has Zope, TurboGears, and Django.  Ruby seems to have just one popular
> web framework instead of three to learn  (yes, I don't have to learn
> all three, but I will come across them sooner or later).

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