Purpose: to drive home the point that one should always strive to use the right tool for a job - even if that means not
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 11:54:36 -0400
From: Larry Smith <[email protected]> | Block Address
Organization: Wild Open Source Inc.
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Where's the lag? [[Was: Re: [[Python-Dev] Parrot -- should life imitate satire?
"Larry W. Virden" wrote:
> This is very well said. Do you mind if I quote you over on
> <URL: http://purl.org/thecliff/tcl/wiki/> ?
Sure! I'd be flattered.
> In article <[email protected]>, Larry Smith
<[email protected]> wrote:
> :"Donal K. Fellows" wrote:
> :> Bryan Oakley wrote:
> :> > I've heard the swiss army knife analogy before. Nevertheless, you may have
> :> > just won the coveted quote of the week prize :-)
> :> That's the "Shameless My-Language-Is-Better-Than-Yours-So-Sucks-Boo-To-You
> :> Advocacy of the Week" prize. And against some fairly stiff opposition too.
> :I can see how someone with a rah-rah-tcl-rulez kind
> :of attitude - or sensitivity towards it - might inter-
> :pret it that way. But the fact is, I'm a language
> :maven, I learn practically every new programming
> :language that comes out and mine them for ideas in
> :an endless quest for a better programming language.
> :Tcl has a good foundation and great potential, and
> :in the tcl newsgroups I argue in ways to support and
> :reinforce that (I hope). However, let me be blunt,
> :next week I may well be in the python newsgroup
> :pushing an idea to improve Python. Actually, I
> :rather like Python, but then, I was always a fan
> :of Wirth's languages and Python is at least partially
> :a descendent of Modula.
> :Python is really on another path anyway, I consider
> :it more of a sibling of Component Pascal rather than
> :as a killer scripting tool. When I need to get some-
> :thing done, I reach for Tcl. But when I want to design
> :something for the ages using the latest software method-
> :ology - well, Python or Oberon/2 or CP would be my first
> :Even the greatest artists sketch sometimes, and sometimes
> :those sketches are great artwork in and of themselves.
> :But then sometimes a great artist picks up his palette
> :and looks at a sketch on his canvas and plans to do some-
> :thing greater with it...
> :You see, the best workman uses the tool that is best
> :for the task at hand.