[Vit-discuss] Ruby compared to other languages...
james.britt at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 00:13:32 EDT 2006
Matt Todd wrote:
>>>>2) Let's celebrate Ruby. Poking fun at other languages' syntax just gets
>>>>down in the mud.
>>>Actually, I meant no fun by it, but a real-world comparison of how
>>>Ruby compares to others. For instance, in the previous example, you
>>>see how Ruby treats things as objects, but PHP decidedly does not.
>>Yeah, but these things always end poorly, and no one comes out looking
>>good, no matter the intentions.
> If that's so, then shouldn't we avoid the "Ruby from other languages"
> articles, like this one?
Depends. Longer articles have the opportunity to present a more
accurate assessment of a language's pros and cons, so it's less likely
to come off as a simplistic propaganda when offering substantial
practical information on doing similar tasks in different languages.
I don't remember enough PHP to say if that particular article is
balanced or not, though it seems pretty benign. It avoids an actual
code, so there's less chance someone will complain that the PHP code is
poorly written, or wrong, or deceptive, or whatever.
Short, one-off comparisons meant to portray one language as
better/cleaner/prettier than another (and that's really what this is
about) end up as flame wars.
In the end, it's distracting from the site and from Ruby.
http://www.ruby-doc.org - Ruby Help & Documentation
http://www.artima.com/rubycs/ - The Journal By & For Rubyists
http://www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff
http://www.jamesbritt.com - Playing with Better Toys
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