On Thursday 29 October 2009 20:16:43 Broadus Jones wrote:
I looked at the site. Indeed, the ad and site are difficult to
understand what the owner is promoting. The individual dislikes
python, git, and several other products. I could not tell what he
actually likes, though. He will not have much impact on python.
I looked at Google's cached version of the site, found by searching
for "site:bitcheese.net Python". The author quotes someone called "Tuomo
Valkonen" who would appear to be a less well-read version of Xah Lee (and who
was interviewed by OSNews at one point, so we can guess at the level involved
here), and although they touch on some "Python warts", they come across as
some kind of Lisp advocate who wished that Ruby had been as successful as
Python [*]. A cursory analysis of their grammar suggests that they may have
Russian or a Slavic language as their first language (and there's a link to a
Russian language "success story" - probably another bitter rant) at the
bottom of the page. Not that this really means anything, of course.
Maybe some of the misconceptions could be addressed in the documentation (and
I've heard disdain for Python's "objects are dictionaries" model from C++
fanatics), but Python's best advocacy comes from facing up to legitimate
issues and ignoring the bile and the bitterness that this person obviously
[*] I did notice some sympathy in some Lisp circles for Ruby, presumably
because Paul Graham had once said nice things about Python and this may have
caused some people to reconsider who their role models were as a result.