[Ilugc] beginner in python needing help

Kenneth Gonsalves lawgon at thenilgiris.com
Thu Dec 25 17:01:13 IST 2008

On Thursday 25 Dec 2008 4:05:10 pm Saura Ramachandran wrote:
> > because php is an entry level language basically meant for
> > non-programmers and hence does very little to discipline the coder
> How does python discipline the coder? By its syntax?
> I have been programming in PHP for a while and I had no problems in
> learning other languages. In fact learning other languages like java,
> python or perl was very easy for me.

just because one can write code in a language does not imply that one is a 
programmer. I am told that it takes at least 10 years of hard work to become 
a programmer - I have been writing code for the last 22 years, but still do 
not consider myself a programmer. Python and other languages enforce certain 
practices that php doesnt.

One example is that one can embed php code in a html page which can directly 
access a database/filesystem and nuke it. You cannot do that in python. There 
are a few genuine programmers on this list who could surely give better 


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