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Phillip Eby: Python Is Not Java

Phillip chats about the problems for which Java programmers naturally turn to XML, and Python programmers to .... Python.

Created by tseaver. Last modified 2005-05-27 02:15:24.

I particularly like Phillip on using XML :

XML is not the answer. It is not even the question. To paraphrase Jamie Zawinski on regular expressions, "Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ?I know, I?ll use XML.? Now they have two problems."

This is a different situation than in Java, because compared to Java code, XML is agile and flexible. Compared to Python code, XML is a boat anchor, a ball and chain. In Python, XML is something you use for interoperability, not your core functionality, because you simply don't need it for that.