[BangPypers] When *not* to use Python

Dark Seid lorddaemon at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 14:09:32 CEST 2010


I was wondering if I should bring this up because I was curious, but then
decided not to because it's also a sensitive subject.

> The only reason I'd stay away from
> something like this is if I needed to work on it's code and it was in a
> language that I wasn't familiar with and didn't have the time to learn.
>

Agreed. Also, I'd steer clear of something if it was in an aesthetically
displeasing language even if I do know it, or have the time to learn. On the
other hand if the feature set was compelling enough I might still use it
anyway. For example MediaWiki, Wordpress and Drupal fall into this bucket
for me.

By and large though, my primary driver is productivity. I don't care about
much else. If it's more productive (for me), I'll adopt it, whether it's a
OS, language, library, tool, community or methodology. Examples for me where
I've made switches - OSX, Ruby, IntelliJ, XP, TDD. And if I come across
something more productive, I'll switch again.

Best,
Sidu.
http://c42.in

On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 4:57 PM, Noufal Ibrahim <noufal at gmail.com> wrote:

>
> The project management thread highlighted this issue of "if it's not in
> Python, I don't want to use it".
>
> Assuming that most of the people here are mostly python enthusiasts or
> learners, I'm wondering when you would *not* use Python. Let's not
> conflate this with Open Source/Closed Source etc.
>
> I'm just interested in situations where you'd stay away from something
> *just* because it isn't in Python. The only reason I'd stay away from
> something like this is if I needed to work on it's code and it was in a
> language that I wasn't familiar with and didn't have the time to learn.
>
> Also, there are plently of situations where I'd jump to a language other
> than Python at the outset (e.g. for log file parsing, Perl still wins
> for me).
>
> Comments?
>
>
> --
> ~noufal
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