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General Development "For years I've tried my damnedest to get away from C. Too simple, too many details to manage, too old and crufty, too low level. I've had intense and torrid love affairs with Java, C++, and Erlang. I've built things I'm proud of with all of them, and yet each has broken my heart. They've made promises they couldn't keep, created cultures that focus on the wrong things, and made devastating tradeoffs that eventually make you suffer painfully. And I keep crawling back to C."
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I should like Python -- I really should given what a stickler I am for clear consistent formatting...

But to be brutally frank, it's more cryptic than C in it's logic structures. Take the example up above by funkyelf -- both the C and the Python versions make me want to punch someone in the face due to their lack of clarity.

But again, I worship at the throne of all things Wirth so...

I LIKE the forced formatting of Python -- I DISLIKE the unclear control structures and lack of verbose ending elements... and the needlessly short/cryptic methodology and naming conventions. By the time you get into iterators and generators, it's a needlessly convoluted mess that honestly, I have a hard time making any sense out of.

I dunno, maybe this dog is getting too old for new tricks -- but I cry for anyone trying to use python to learn with -- which is part of why I don't get why the Pi folks and many educators have such a raging chodo for it. It's the LAST thing I'd consider using to teach people to program... It's another of those languages so complex IMHO you'd be better off just sucking it up and coding machine language directly. I really don't get these high level languages that make assembly look simple.

Edited 2013-01-13 09:37 UTC

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