[BangPypers] A question for us...

Noufal Ibrahim noufal at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 15:23:22 CET 2009

On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 1:49 AM, Kiran Kumar <mkirank at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Vishal,
>      Here is my personal take on it as far as "bring python closer to
> corporate guys"  I do not want to change the whole world to use my favorite
> programming language instead I will find one who uses it and work for them
> *If I really wanted* to develop only in that X language.

I don't want anyone to 'use my favourite language' but I'd like to
work with people who have solid reasons for not using it.
One of the reasons large outfits don't use 'fringe' languages (like
say Haskell or Lisp) is that it's hard to find good pogrammers who are
proficient at it. Python and Ruby used to be elements of that fringe
but I'm inclined to think that they're moving into the mainstream now.

Suits are scared of their programmers leaving them at a critical stage
and being unable to find replacements. Productivity and 'cool
language' be damned. I need to get the job done and deliver something
even if it's crappy code because that's what generates the bottom
line. Engineers think differently "WTF! I can do this in 10 lines of
Python and it'll have a web interface for free. Why am I even
considering using this stone age language?!?!?!"

For successfully infiltrating the corporate market, you need to have
enough public adherents, trainings, certifications of the language.
Suits can't really understand the more subtle aspects of programmer
merit. They need tangible things like certificates and articles in
business magazines about how language X is the way of the future.

So, if you want Python to get there, there's a planned conference
*wink* *wink* that you might want to help out with. :)
For more details, visit http://wiki.python.org/moin/ProposalForPyConIndia

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