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Linuxworld : Java, Meet Python. Python, Meet Java

Mar 25, 2004, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean M. Gallagher)

[ Thanks to jorgerpo for this link. ]

"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...?''"

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