on python

There’s been some discussion of Python at work recently; some people are trying to get our organization to standardize on it as a “scripting” language. (Rant about the term “scripting language” elided…) Walking to lunch one day, I mentioned that Dive Into Python was freely available on-line. The next day, walking to lunch, C. mentioned that he’d downloaded the book and read the first half or so the previous evening. He summed up his first deep exposure to Python as “It’s like they stole Lisp, and give it shitty syntax!” Which seemed both accurate, and worth sharing with a wider audience, so here we are.

It also led to me repeating Dan’s observation about SGML and XML, which led to speculation that perhaps Python was the subset of Lisp that was understandable by C++ programmers.