Re: Channel 7, Plan 9

Jeff Bone (
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 23:44:41 -0600

So here I go... the lurker speaks. ;-)

> Python was and
> is a fantastic, first-of-a-kind interpretive language with network
> and cross platform capabilities.

Okay, I'm a *BIG, BIG, BIG* fan of interpreted languages, bytecode
engines, cross platform, yadda yadda yadda. Have been for years.
Having said that...

ANY programming language in which whitespace has semantic value (other
than as a token separator) is fundamentally screwed from the outset.
And don't give me the tired old argument about temporal spacing, having
semantic value in spoken language, having the same value as whitespace
in written language. Tell it to the Cobol programmers to make them feel
better... ;-)

Okay, that's my Python rant. Hope I didn't offend anyone *too much.*

Thanks for listening... ;-)