REPOST: Re: Is learning Python "extraordinary"?

Sheila King usenet at
Sat Dec 29 20:24:19 EST 2001

On Sat, 29 Dec 2001 18:51:34 -0500, Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote
in comp.lang.python in article <3C2E5706.5880983E at>:

> I'm afraid not.  All the developers I've hired in the last
> two years took about a week to become productive with Python
> after being exposed to it for the first time.  Of course,
> maybe they're *all* extraordinary!

And these developers you hired were high school students applying for
admission to college?

I think that you're answering with the wrong comparison group as your
background sample. Certainly I'd expect any professional developer to be
able to pick up Python in a week. But, among the set of all students
applying for university admission, how many of them have taught themselves
Python? I think this is an important distinction.

Sheila King

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