Python for air traffic control?

Grant Edwards grante at
Tue Jul 3 10:59:03 EDT 2001

In article <9hrnub$9a2$1 at>, Aahz Maruch wrote:
>In article <9hrj3q$cj1 at>,
>Peter Milliken <peter.milliken at> wrote:
>>Python is a fine language for quick and dirty prototyping. For
>>banging out applications that are going to run in an
>>environment where it isn't going to matter if the program
>>crashes, but it is certainly not something I would put forward
>>for something like Air Traffic Control.
>Suppose that the only language choices are between C/C++ and
>Python, and that the real-time resolution requirement is on the
>order of one second. Which would you choose and why?

The one thing about Python that would give me pause is the
dynamic memory management.  But, I'd have the same concerns if
the C/C++ program used malloc/free.

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