[portland] django coders?

Dylan Reinhardt python at dylanreinhardt.com
Tue Jun 16 15:24:45 CEST 2009

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 9:33 PM, Jeff Rush <jeff at taupro.com> wrote:

> Rami Kassab wrote:
> > Jeff, was mainly referring to marketing itself better to developers.
> While
> > we work to get our clients to agree to having Python development, it's
> not
> > something that our clients come asking us to do right off the bat.
> It is an interesting issue but I think you're in conflict ;-) with
> Dylan's viewpoint:

That's not how I read that comment.
 Very few clients go looking for Python, but it's easy to get clients
to *evaluate* Python.  Most people are open to hearing about a key
tool used by Google, et al.

The tough part of the sell comes when the client wants to know who they can
turn to for support if you get hit by a bus.  There's not a lot of excess
capacity out there and if you're a solo practitioner, the lack of available
support can be a deal-breaker.

So it may be the case that we're individually busy and individually able to
create Python gigs... but none of that activity seems to create the
impression that there's much reason for Java or VB coders to make the leap.
 That's where some decent marketing would come in.

But slow and steady growth will eventually work too.  It looks like PCC will
be offering a class in Python this Fall.  I forget if it got posted here or
not, but MIT is now teaching Python in their intro class.  Over the long
run, we'll grow.  It's just that the way we're doing it,
it's going to take a lot of patience.


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