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LinuxDev.net: Does Programming in Python Marginalize You?

Jun 11, 2000, 16:09 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Muller)

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"I love Python. Of the 10-15 programming languages I know, Python is the only language which I actually look forward to using. I wake up in the morning, ask myself, "Will I be using Python today?" and if the answer is "yes" I know that it's going to be a good day."

"And yet, I worry that using Python can actually marginalize a programmer. Python is hard to beat for writing applications that run on a single computer. But that's yesterday's computing model. The future of computing, heck, the present of computing, is in writing programs that run through a web browser. And the fact of the matter is that 99% of web browsers surfing the internet run Java and JavaScript, which gives these languages a huge advantage over Python, an advantage that Python's superior design may not be able to overcome. I have Ada-programming friends who mumble about Ada's superiority over C++; that may be the case, but does it really matter anymore?"

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