PEP scepticism

Christopher A. Craig com-nospam at ccraig.org
Tue Jul 3 22:47:25 CEST 2001


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Steve Horne <sh at ttsoftware.co.uk> writes:

> Sometimes I think that the drive to proove that Python can do
> anything that other languages can do misses an essential point -
> Python is extremely good (and getting better) at scripting and glue
> style tasks. That is where its main strength lies. Being good at
> everything is a pretty tall order.

I think many people would disagree that that is "where its main
strength lies".  I, for one, frequently use Python for mathematical
modeling, and find it a superb tool for the task.  I have a friend who
does microprocessor and microcontroller modeling in Python because he
can turn out a prototype faster in it than VHDL, and if he actually
decides to burn a core he can translate it later.  RedHat uses Python
for nearly all of its user interfaces.  Google started out using a
great deal of Python (I imagine it is mostly C by now).  CVSWeb (and
thus SourceForge's CVS viewer) uses Python for its web presentation.

Python is not the best tool for every job, but it is a good one for
quite a few of them.

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Christopher A. Craig <com-nospam at ccraig.org>
I develop for Linux for a living, I used to develop for DOS.  Going from
DOS to Linux is like trading a glider for an F117. - Lawrence Foard

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Christopher A. Craig <com-nospam at ccraig.org>
Perl is worse than Python because people wanted it worse -- Larry Wall
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