[talk] Python

Steve steve.b at osfda.org
Sun Apr 17 11:46:02 EDT 2016

Here's a great indicator; do a search on: C++ obfuscate
(we're all probably familiar with the C obfuscation challenge contests...)

Then do: javascript obfuscate

Repeat for: java obfuscate

Then try it with other languages of interest to you.

Finally look at: python obfuscate

And you'll see at the opening of the attempts described, the authors 
concede that it's hard to do.
I have spent decades dealing with compiled languages; python offers one 
the shortest time to implement an idea without getting mired in the 
resource specifics of a language like C(++). There's been a number of 
times I have set about doing a compiled program, and I get so distracted 
with some sideline prerequisite, for a moment I even forget what the 
original task I was dealing with was!

Now of course, python has overhead (in the age of 1TB disks and 8GB RAM 
machines, this is less of a consideration...);
it's lousy if you're going to do an iteration-intensive task.

But if you know from the outset that you won't go to that place, it's 
among the best in terms of readability.

Perl is incredibly powerful, but requires a very conscious effort to 
keep it readable.

python's thought out interface to libraries compiled in other languages 
also explains its following;
when you tackle a task, like java, there's just a ton of libraries that 
you can leverage off of...

On 4/17/2016 10:07 AM, A. Jesse Jiryu Davis wrote:
> I agree — Python is designed with the philosophy that "readability 
> counts" and it is successful at that. Python code is some of the most 
> readable of any programming language. The language also has 
> disadvantages, of course, but its clarity is unsurpassed.
> On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Sujit K M <kmsujit at gmail.com 
> <mailto:kmsujit at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I found python projects to be very good from an code review
>     perspective.
>     What I found is Python Language makes it simple to without an IDE
>     simpler
>     code to review. I find Java Projects to be the most difficult to
>     do code review.
>     What is the general view on this? Or is it one of my hallucinations?
>     Regards,
>     Sujit K M
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