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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Python creator: Perl users are moving to Python

Mar 16, 2001, 19:38 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to janSEL for this link. ]

"searchEnterpriseLinux: Are there situations in which it's better to use Perl than Python, or vice versa?"

"van Rossum: They're both competing for the same niche, in some cases. If all you need to do is simple text processing, you might use Perl. Python, much more than Perl, encourages clean coding habits to make it easy for other people to follow what you are doing. I've seen a lot of people who were developing in Perl moving to Python because it's easier to use. Where Python wins is when you have users who are not very sophisticated but have to write some code. An example would be in educational settings, where you have students who have no prior programming experience. Also, Python seems to work better when you have to write a large system, working together in a large group of developers, and when you want the lifetime of your program to be long."

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