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Python is an interpreted, interactive programming language created by Guido van Rossum in 1990.


  • And what defines a 'python activist' anyway? Blowing up Perl installations worldwide?
    • Ivan Van Laningham, June 2005, on comp. lang. python
  • As it seems to me, in Perl you have to be an expert to correctly make a nested data structure like, say, a list of hashes of instances. In Python, you have to be an idiot not to be able to do it, because you just write it down.
  • Python is more concerned with making it easy to write good programs than difficult to write bad ones.
    • Steve Holden, June 2005, on comp.lang.python
  • Everyone has an individual background. Someone may come from Python, someone else may come from Perl, and they may be surprised by different aspects of the language. Then they come up to me and say, 'I was surprised by this feature of the language, so Ruby violates the principle of least surprise.' Wait. Wait. The principle of least surprise is not for you only. The principle of least surprise means principle of least my surprise. And it means the principle of least surprise after you learn Ruby very well. For example, I was a C++ programmer before I started designing Ruby. I programmed in C++ exclusively for two or three years. And after two years of C++ programming, it still surprises me.

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