Python Popularity: Questions and Comments

Chris Barker chrishbarker at
Fri Dec 28 13:54:14 EST 2001

Alex Martelli wrote:

> What huge firm[s] might possibly make a
> similar decision in the case of Python?  And why?

I don't know what firms would do it, but the "why" is the same as for

The more popular a platform independent/nuetral development
language/tool is, the weeker Microsoft's grip on the market is. Right
now, if an organisation uses VB for development, they can only deploy on
Windows. In order to deploy on another platform , they would have to
learn a whoilw new language/development enviroment, and port their
products to it. If they, instead were using Python with, for example,
wxPython for the GUI, the decision to support another platform would
involve only minor learning and porting. This is good for everyone that
stands to benifit from people using a non-windows platform (Apple, Sun,
the Linux and *BSD vendors, etc.)

That is exactly why there is no VB (or MFC) for any non-MS platform.


Christopher Barker,
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