Why smart people have bad ideas · return of the mac · writing, briefly · undergraduation · a unified theory of vc suckage · how to start a startup · what you'll wish you'd known · made in usa · it's charisma, stupid · bradley's ghost · a version 10 · what the bubble got right · the age of the essay · the python paradox. Gnuvince writes paul graham has posted a new article to his website that he called the python paradox which refines the statements he made in for example, in his essay on how he put together the yahoo stores using lisp, he mentioned that interpreted languages (or at least languages that can be. Paul graham essays http://paulgrahamcom/articleshtml these are very insightful, in particular i would recommend: hackers and painters http:// paulgrahamcom/hphtml maker's schedule, manager's schedule http:// paulgrahamcom/makersschedule. Paul graham deserves a lot of credit, not just for the decision to use lisp for his startup, but for his eloquent defense of it and expressive languages (like python) in general from his essay, “the python paradox” (all emphasis mine): in a recent talk i said something that upset a lot of people: that you could. And wall says one of his big inspirations was a 2003 essay by computer scientist paul graham envisioning “the hundred-year language perl 6 is also “ representationally polymorphic,” where objects can be represented in a variety of programming styles — for example, a python object, a ruby object. Spambayes is a bayesian spam filter written in python which uses techniques laid out by paul graham in his essay a plan for spam it has subsequently been improved by gary robinson and tim peters, among others the most notable difference between a conventional bayesian filter and the filter used by spambayes.
In the software business there is an ongoing struggle between the pointy-headed academics, and another equally formidable force, the pointy-haired bosses everyone knows who the pointy-haired boss is, right i think most people in the technology world not only recognize this cartoon character, but know the actual. As far as i can tell, succinctness = power if so, then substituting, we get python's goal is regularity and readability, not power and this doesn't seem a tradeoff (if it is a tradeoff) that you'd want to make it's not far from saying that python's goal is not to be effective as a programming language does succinctness = power. Back in 2004, for instance, when python was more obscure than it is now, paul graham wrote an essay about something he called the python paradox in that essay, graham summarized the paradox as follows: if a company chooses to write its software in a comparatively esoteric language, they'll be.
(this essay is derived from a talk at oscon 2004) a few months ago i finished a new book, and in reviews i keep the programmers you'll be able to hire to work on a java project won't be as smart as the ones you could get to work on a project written in python and the quality of your hackers probably matters more than. But as a medium of expression, you could do a lot better of all the great programmers i can think of, i know of only one who would voluntarily program in java and of all the great programmers i can think of who don't work for sun, on java, i know of zero (great hackers, paul graham, 2004) so essentially.