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Re: when and why did python(-minimal) become essential?

On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 04:17:43PM +0100, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le samedi 21 janvier 2006 à 01:48 -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG a écrit :
> > Granted if it is a real issue, then why not use perl?   Yes, I hate
> > perl too, but really, the argument "hey, people like Python too"
> > implies that we should have a scheme interpreter, a perl, a python,
> > emacs lisp, and well, everything anyone might want.
> Or we can accept python for the same reasons that perl was accepted: it
> is suitable, enough people like to write scripts in it, and many people
> expect to be able to use it.
> Sorry, but there's a whole new generation of Debian developers here that
> simply won't develop anything in perl, just because perl looks too
> complex and cryptic to us. Now, with bash, perl and python, we can deal
> with the scripting needs for at least a few releases; trying to
> anticipate what will happen later is pure speculation.

On the other hand, adding languages only adds to the complexity and tools
that a Debian developer should know to be effective. I've learned large
chunks of my bash and perl knowledge to reduce this problem in my own work,
rather than write it in the language I would have chosen had I been first
to the site. While perl has its share of problems, it's not that bad and
refusing to work in it is a little absurd.

 - David Nusinow

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