Why isn't Python king of the hill?

Richard P. Muller rpm at wag.caltech.edu
Thu May 24 17:54:41 EDT 2001

Something about preaching to the choir comes to mind, here...

In any case, most of the people in this newsgroup (myself very much
included) would agree with you on improved productivity in Python. 

That being said, there are some advantages to Java. It's built into
almost every web browser on the net. Hard to overstate the importance of
being everywhere. Jython is getting close to putting Python everywhere
that Java is, but (IMHO) one loses some of the simplicity of Python
along the way. Moreover, Java is strongly typed. Sure, you can staple
strong typing into Python, but having it there all the time occasionally
lets one sleep better. Finally, and probably most importantly, managers
who know nothing about programming have some vague feeling that Java is
a good thing. 


Mark H wrote:
> The more I use Python, the more I wonder why it hasn't taken the wind
> out of Java's sails?  Now, don't get me wrong, I love Java, but I have
> found I am at least twice as productive in Python than Java, and there
> seems to be very little if anything that you cannot do in Python or a
> Python extension.  Is it because Java has a few big companies behind
> it while Python doesn't?
> Just wondering.

Richard P. Muller, Ph.D.
rpm at wag.caltech.edu

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