[python-advocacy] Obstacles to the adoption of Python

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sat Mar 22 05:49:26 CET 2008

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008, Rex Eastbourne wrote:
> I am new to this list. I am a longtime Python user and like it quite a
> bit; I am interested in getting involved in advocacy.


> I've been thinking recently about the best way to increase the
> adoption rate of Python.

Okay, time for me to play the curmudgeon: why?

I mean, obviously I think some kind of advocacy is a Good Idea, or I
wouldn't be here (nor would I have written a Python book), but I believe
that thinking of advocacy in simple terms of increasing Python usage is
the wrong approach.

I believe that overall the right approach should focus on increasing the
Python community.  I think Python's merits are sufficient by themselves
to increase Python's usage -- just look at Python's growth over the past
few years.  The long-term health of Python is dependent on drawing people
into participating in the community and contributing to it.
Aahz (aahz at pythoncraft.com)           <*>         http://www.pythoncraft.com/

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