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Quality Design in Python

Posted on 09 May 2004 by Demian Turner

If you haven’t looked at Python yet, a good a place as any to start is with the Devshed tutorials and Instant Python.

A few interesting points:

  • python’s been around since 1989
  • the class library is very complete
  • the name was inspired by Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • much early Google work was done in python where it continues to be widely used today
  • the documentation and tutorials are extensive, more essay focused than what you find in PHP
  • similar to PHP: choice of procedural/OO coding style is left to the programmer, the language is loosely typed and there is no concept of private/public vars
  • different from PHP: a very elegant handling of namespaces, compiled code from imported modules, and a very flexible interactive shell environment
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