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On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 19:41:27 -0500, Charles Shannon Hendrix

I'm not a Python geek, but it is my language of choice when I need a simple (or not so simple) script. Which is fairly rare in my line of work.

It's not even once caused me any problem whatsoever, either with scripts I've written myself or packages I've downloaded. But then, I'm not silly enough to put TAB characters in my source code. ;-)

In some ways it's a good thing. For example, it enforces a readable formatting on your code. Say what you will, but (working) Python code never looks like line noise.

OTOH, it (structure by whitespace) wouldn't have been my choice. Nor would C's {} or Pascal's begin-end. I prefer Modula-2's approach, with something like if-then-elseif(then)-else-endif, while-do-endwhile, repeat-until, etc.

But I don't see it as a huge flaw, or even as a flaw at all -- just an idiosyncracy. A bigger flaw (IMHO) is the lack of a construct similar to C's do-while.

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Probably not according to your definition of Real OS -- this was with some version of Unix (not sure about version, but this was about 1989...

There is none so blind...

If I wanted to be snarky, I would ask how you can have problems with it when many (to use your own words) "serious people" are using it without problem. Actually, I want to ask the question, but I don't want to be snarky. As I said before, it's never caused me any problems, ever at all.


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TECO! Ah .... Well, probably most people in this group remember the bit about TECO in the long-ago Datamation article "Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal", but...

-=Dave -- Change is inevitable, progress is not.

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