Linuxworld : Java, Meet Python. Python, Meet Java
Mar 25, 2004, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean M. Gallagher)
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"As Sun and IBM haggle over the terms of open-sourcing Java, I
think it's important to note: if they're trying to jumpstart more
widespread development of Java applications on the server, they are
barking up the wrong tree.
"The reason is simple--Python. The scripting language is already
in widespread use, is object-oriented, is proven to scale
moderately well (Marc Andreessen's Opsware wrote the entirety of
the first version of their product in it), and is more friendly to
the realities of most Linux deployments than Java--that is, it can
run fine on cheap hardware with a finite amount of RAM.
"Over breakfast this morning, Andreessen pretty much summed up
what I'd been thinking over the past few days. He talked about how
Linux had usurped Unix workstations as the developer desktop, and
how developers started prototyping in Python and Perl. 'And they
get it done in a week, and it works... and they say, 'Why do we
need to move this over to something else, exactly...?''"