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Python's great, in a word

I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
Jan 7 '08 #1
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Ma************@gmail.com wrote:
Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.
Hi Martin, here is my top three:

1) Fun
2) Simplicity
3) Productivity
Jan 7 '08 #2
On Jan 7, 7:09 am, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
Here's a modest list:

Masterly, tops, best obtainable, high-grade, very good, select,
outstanding, exemplary, top-notch, boss, first-rate, crack, smashing,
excelling, prime, skilled, crackerjack, sublime, super, terrific,
peerless, notable, paramount, divine, premium, hand-picked, estimable,
admirable, prize, choice, competent, desirable, attractive, foremost,
to be desired, A-one, top-flight, dandy, incomparable, grade A,
capital, great, dynamite, heavenly, unique, refined, matchless, high-
quality, well-done, A-OK, blue-chip, frontline, sensational, highest,
jim-dandy, splendid, extraordinary, exquisite, superlative, worthy,
masterful, distinguished, magnificent, tiptop, accomplished, all
right, first, first-class, fine, very fine, ace-high, exceptional,
sharp, supreme, marvelous, transcendent, praiseworthy, custom-made,
remarkable, world-class, invaluable, groovy, champion, rare, best,
wonderful, superb, choicest, enticing, top, superfine, commendable,
skillful, neat, striking, distinctive, priceless, sterling, superior,
cool, classy, finest, hot, keen, above par.
Jan 7 '08 #3
On Jan 7, 2:09*pm, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
Paraphrasing Steve Jobs but in this context:
PYTHON = a bycycle for the mind

Best regards

Alain
Jan 7 '08 #4
The best thing about Python is _______.

+ readable
+ productive
+ mind-fitting

-tkc
Jan 7 '08 #5
What exactly does it mean "a bycycle for the mind"??

(assuming s/bycycle/bicycle)

On Jan 7, 2008 5:41 AM, alain <al********@yahoo.frwrote:
On Jan 7, 2:09pm, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.

Paraphrasing Steve Jobs but in this context:
PYTHON = a bycycle for the mind

Best regards

Alain

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Jan 7 '08 #6
Ma************@gmail.com wrote:
The best thing about Python is _______.
it's pythonicness.

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Jan 7 '08 #7
On Jan 7, 1:09 pm, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
Concise!
See http://paddy3118.blogspot.com/2007_11_01_archive.html
For my search!

- Paddy.
Jan 7 '08 #8
On Jan 7, 8:09 am, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.
.... it's a pleasure to write *and* read.
.... it keeps simple things simple and makes hard things doable.
.... it's the language that sucks the least.

George
Jan 7 '08 #9
On Jan 7, 11:40 am, Martin Marcher <mar...@marcher.namewrote:
it's pythonicness.
"it is pythonicness"???
Jan 7 '08 #10
On Monday 07 January 2008 21:25 Dustan wrote:
On Jan 7, 11:40 am, Martin Marcher <mar...@marcher.namewrote:
>it's pythonicness.

"it is pythonicness"???
not all here are native english speakers, but thanks for the correction.
I'll try to keep it in mind.

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Jan 7 '08 #11
Dustan wrote:
On Jan 7, 11:40 am, Martin Marcher <mar...@marcher.namewrote:
>it's pythonicness.

"it is pythonicness"???
Obviously a typo, for "It is pythonic, Ness".
A reference to the well-known Loch Ness Monster, definitely pythonic if
you see some pictures:
http://images.google.com/images?q=loch+ness
My 2 cents,
Pablo
Jan 7 '08 #12
Henry Chang wrote:
On Jan 7, 2008 5:41 AM, alain <al********@yahoo.frwrote:
>Paraphrasing Steve Jobs but in this context:
PYTHON = a bycycle for the mind
What exactly does it mean "a bycycle for the mind"??
Ask the Dutch guy near you.

Stefan
Jan 7 '08 #13
Ma************@gmail.com writes:
The best thing about Python is _______.
The best thing about Python is its elegance.

--
\ "Like the creators of sitcoms or junk food or package tours, |
`\ Java's designers were consciously designing a product for |
_o__) people not as smart as them." -- Paul Graham |
Ben Finney
Jan 7 '08 #14
On Jan 7, 2008 8:09 AM, <Ma************@gmail.comwrote:
The best thing about Python is _______.
it's mailing list.
Jan 7 '08 #15
On Jan 7, 8:09 am, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
"it doesn't suck".
(Really. All programming languages have good, useful features. Even
Perl. Python is unique in having no very bad ones.)

Carl Banks
Jan 7 '08 #16
On Jan 7, 5:40 pm, Martin Marcher <mar...@marcher.namewrote:
MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
The best thing about Python is _______.

it's pythonicness.
I think it sounds better as "its pythonicity".
Jan 7 '08 #17
On Jan 7, 9:09 pm, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
skimpythong!!
Jan 8 '08 #18
On Jan 7, 6:27*pm, "Henry Chang" <golds...@gmail.comwrote:
What exactly does it mean "a bycycle for the mind"??

(assuming s/bycycle/bicycle)
Sorry for my bad spelling.
The original quote from Steve Jobs reads "the computer is a bicycle
for the mind".
This is what i feel when programming in Python: a productivity boost
compared to pedestrians and an immense pleasure.

Alain

Jan 8 '08 #19
Ma************@gmail.com wrote:
Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
"its pencil-like qualities"

</F>

Jan 8 '08 #20
On Jan 7, 6:29 pm, MRAB <goo...@mrabarnett.plus.comwrote:
On Jan 7, 5:40 pm, Martin Marcher <mar...@marcher.namewrote:MartinRineh...@gmail.c om wrote:
The best thing about Python is _______.
it's pythonicness.

I think it sounds better as "its pythonicity".
Mixing Greek and Latin suffixes usually works better than mixing Greek
and Germanic, doesn't it.
Carl Banks
Jan 8 '08 #21
On Jan 7, 8:09 am, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
I'm a Java guy who's been doing Python for a month now and I'm
convinced that

1) a multi-paradigm language is inherently better than a mono-paradigm
language

2) Python writes like a talented figure skater skates.

Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
Here's a new word -
....its humanicity factor.

That definition, according to me, is:
"its ability to let you *quickly* formulate and solve your problem in
the way that YOU see it, not as the computer sees it."

Did programmers stop writing programs on punch cards because they ran
out of punch paper?

Cheers,
-Basilisk96
Jan 9 '08 #22
Thanks to all for many helpful suggestions.

Python, by the way, is verbose when compared to APL. (See
http://catpad.net/michael/apl/ if you don't believe this.) You need to
stick in an adverb (maybe "gracefully concise") as standalone
"concise" is owned by APL.

Basilisk96 wrote:
Did programmers stop writing programs on punch cards because they ran
out of punch paper?
If you drive on the NYS Thruway, you still get a punch card when you
enter. You turn it in when you pay your toll.
Jan 9 '08 #23
On Jan 9, 1:02 pm, MartinRineh...@gmail.com wrote:
Thanks to all for many helpful suggestions.

Python, by the way, is verbose when compared to APL. (Seehttp://catpad.net/michael/apl/if you don't believe this.) You need to
stick in an adverb (maybe "gracefully concise") as standalone
"concise" is owned by APL.

Basilisk96 wrote:
Did programmers stop writing programs on punch cards because they ran
out of punch paper?

If you drive on the NYS Thruway, you still get a punch card when you
enter. You turn it in when you pay your toll.
I didn't reread my blog post! I meant Python is *succinct* with
definition:
http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/succinct?view=uk

"Briefly and clearly expressed".

(I should engage brain before typing).

- Paddy.
Jan 9 '08 #24
The best thing about Python is _______.

this.
Jan 10 '08 #25
Op Mon, 07 Jan 2008 05:09:15 -0800, schreef MartinRinehart:
Would you Python old-timers try to agree on a word or two that
completes:

The best thing about Python is _______.

Please, no laundry lists, just a word or two. I'm thinking "fluid" or
"grace" but I'm not sure I've done enough to choose.
The best thing about Python is how it tries to find the "perfect" balance
between elegance, practicality & clarity.
--
JanC
Jan 15 '08 #26

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