Python for air traffic control?

Grant Edwards grante at
Mon Jul 2 23:56:43 EDT 2001

On Mon, 2 Jul 2001 17:52:45 -0400, William Park <opengeometry at> wrote:
>> From: Russ (18k11tm001 at
>> Subject: Python for air traffic control?
>> Date: 2001-06-29 17:42:45 PST
>> I am thinking about using Python for a unique safety-critical
>> application in air traffic control. [...] Is Python up to this
>> task? Thanks for your insights.
>Of course, you idiot... 
>Am I missing something?

Yes apparently a couple things:

 1) Manners
 2) A basic understanding of the question being asked.

He's asking about the implications of using Python is a safety
critical system -- not about whether it can do arrays or
whatever it was you were talking about.

There are many considerations in safety critical systems that
have absolutely nothing to do with whether the language chosen
is capable of performing the required calculations.

For example: in a safety-critical system any sort of dynamic
memory allocation can be risky, and garbage collection can be
downright terrifying.

Grant Edwards                   grante             Yow!  I am a traffic light,
                                  at               and Alan Ginzberg kidnapped
                                 my laundry in 1927!

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