[BangPypers] Python is still greek to india's top IT firms

Bibhas me at bibhas.in
Sat Sep 13 11:07:21 CEST 2014

On 09/13/2014 01:27 PM, Asif Jamadar wrote:
> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-Indias-top-IT-firms/articleshow/41535783.cms<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/jobs/Python-is-still-greek-to-Indias-top-IT-firms/articleshow/41535783.cms>
> NEW DELHI: Recently, one of India's top software companies was faced with quandary. It had won a $200 million (Rs 1,200 crore) contract to develop an app store for a large US bank, but did not have adequate numbers of programmers who could write code in Python, the language most suited for the job. Eventually, it paid thrice the billing rate to a group of freelance Python programmers in the US. And learned a valuable lesson about the importance of a language named after the British television comedy series Monty Python.

I'd like to know which company this `one of India's top software 
companies` is. Sounds like they don't network enough to find out the 
Python developers in India.

> For a nation regarded as a software programming powerhouse, the episode has salutary lessons. While skills in traditional computer languages meant for stitching software applications and maintaining large mainframe computers are a strength, ignoring Python could prove to be a costly mistake.
> "Because companies like Infosys<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/infosys-technologies-ltd/stocks/companyid-10960.cms> and TCS prefer proprietary languages like Java or dot NET most students think of these as an option in college. That is the reason you don't get good quality talent in the industry to work with us in Python," said Jofin Joseph, cofounder and chief operating officer of Profoundis, a Kochi-based technology startup which has been struggling for about a year to hire young Python programmers.

Checked out the social network profiles of Profoundis, they are almost 
non-existent. They don't attend any events at all. I wonder how they are 
trying to hire Python programmers. That might tell us why they are 

Anyway, other points about big companies working with Java and as a 
result colleges teaching only those, is true. It's become a circle.

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