[Chicago] From PMA - Position: PYTHON Software Development

Tal Liron tal.liron at threecrickets.com
Sun Aug 8 06:09:51 CEST 2010

  Let me suggest, instead, that Java is to the JVM as C is to Unix -- 
the native, boring underlying language, which may you need to 
occasionally "drop down to" in order to do lower, "kernel"-level work, 
or for procedures where optimized performance is paramount. Otherwise, 
there is a host of great languages to choose from: Python (via Jython), 
Ruby (via JRuby), JavaScript (via Rhino), PHP (via Quercus) and also 
terrific JVM-specific languages such as Clojure, Scala and Groovy.

In this sense, it's not that "Jython is Java done right" so much as the 
JVM, successfully if awkwardly, delivers on Unix's broken promise of 
"open computing." Since version 5, the JVM has served as a stable, 
well-performing platform that really, truly is deployable on Unix, 
Linux, Solaris, Windows, and even mobile platforms. CPython, Rubinius, 
etc., might get there eventually, too, but they have a ways to go, and 
they will likely have to reinvent wheels already spinning in the JVM. 
(I'm particularly interested in applications of the LLVM project.) Why 
wait, though, when you can deploy right now? I would say, instead, that 
"the JVM is CPython done right," and this has nothing in particular to 
say for or against Python or Java as languages.


On 08/06/2010 08:59 PM, Brian Herman wrote:
> I love the fact that it runs on the JVM and you can use all the 
> coolness of the java libraries without the syntax.
> If I was starting any project that needed a java library I would 
> suggest jython out of all the jvm based languages.
> <3 jython <3
> jython= java done right.

More information about the Chicago mailing list