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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

As I said before, these days I mostly write software for servers. I'm painfully aware about the need to write performance code and stable code. So don't give me this crap about how you write more complex software than anyone else on this forum.

If you think you couldn't write the same software in half a dozen different languages then I really question just how familiar you are with other languages; or even how competent you are as a programmer since you seem to think you couldn't leverage other languages in the same way. Take your list for example, every single application on there has competing software written in other languages.

To say "only Python covers those / all bases" is just elitist nonsense.

I don't understand why do you keep putting words in my mouth. I didn't make any comments on mine or others programming abilities. Why do you seem to perceive everything in the context of elitism? Am I not allowed to have my own opinion and share it? Look at my original post, there's nothing elitist about it. I simply believe Python is a nice tool and would fit well in between perl and Java which OP already knows. Also you first claim that syntax is one of the deciding factors and then say that perl and Python are essentially equivalent. I don't get your logic.
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Why do you seem to perceive everything in the context of elitism?
Because you kicked off when I said your description of Python could work equally well for other languages tongue.gif And then proceeded to make very absolute statements about Python being better than other languages: "Python is clearly the winner when it comes to the number of fields of programming it's currently being used in, and it's easy to verify."
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Also you first claim that syntax is one of the deciding factors and then say that perl and Python are essentially equivalent. I don't get your logic.
Functionally equivalent; syntactically and semantically different. ie you could write the same software in either of those two languages.

I appreciate what you're saying about me putting words in your mouth, you seem to be doing the same to me too smile.gif
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I know Perl because I had to use it.... but I really dislike mainly because of: TIMTOWTDIBSCINABTE. There has been little style enforcement where I work today so I am jaded by Perl due to how much bad and obfuscated code I had to work with. The Perl code I had inherited was written by quantitative analysts.... multiple PhDs and the ability to write code does not make you a programmer....

My C/C++ is rusty but I always like it due to low-level access. My hopefully new job will include supporting older financial software.... which probably means it is terribly written.

Basically, I can pickup languages and I really wanted to know if I should start expanding my toolset.... if so, which language would be best to sink time into. Besides, developers all know that languages are just tools. Knowing what and how are more important!

If I were you, I'd just have a play with all the aforementioned languages. Since you don't really have a particular aim, it's just experience, you might as well just pick whichever language you're going to enjoy the most.

Erlang will be the toughest to learn, but you'll learn the most from it. Go will be the quickest, but least rewarding (and I say this as someone who mostly writes Go code now). Normally in this kind of situation I'd have agreed with poroboszcz with regards Python, but you might find it's filling a void you don't have given your Perl experience. So it's really just pick a project you want to work on or pick a language you'd have most fun with.
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I kinda like Python as it's the only one of the options you mentioned which I know. Coming from Fortran it was a bit hard to get used to. Syntax was fine as for my purposes as I get by with quite simple stuff but this "object oriented" was a bit hard to wrap ones head around when coming from old Fortran. Then again I'm not a programmer.
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Because you kicked off when I said your description of Python could work equally well for other languages tongue.gif And then proceeded to make very absolute statements about Python being better than other languages: "Python is clearly the winner when it comes to the number of fields of programming it's currently being used in, and it's easy to verify."
Functionally equivalent; syntactically and semantically different. ie you could write the same software in either of those two languages.

So, by your criteria, if their functionally is similar and syntax is something to go by, then, uhm... perhaps one could possibly see some benefit from using Python as there is a probability that similar project done in Python will is somewhat likely to be definitely slightly more readable and maintainable than its perl equivalent.
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So, by your criteria, if their functionally is similar and syntax is something to go by, then, uhm... perhaps one could possibly see some benefit from using Python as there is a probability that similar project done in Python will is somewhat likely to be definitely slightly more readable and maintainable than its perl equivalent.

Oh for Gods sake. For someone who isn't a fanboy / elitist / whatever, you do seem quite annoyed at anyone would dare suggest Python is interchangeable with other languages. rolleyes.gif
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I'm tired of this discussion and false accusations. I'm off to play some minecraft.

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What's a scripting language?

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What's a scripting language?

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Script... it's a style of coding with cursive characters. Is that right?
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Script... it's a style of coding with cursive characters. Is that right?

I don't think so...all coding has cursing.

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