Could Python supplant Java?

brueckd at brueckd at
Sat Aug 24 00:09:54 EDT 2002

On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, James J. Besemer wrote:

> > No, all three used typical XML and database libraries. I don't want to try
> > and read too much into this one example because it is after all a single
> > data point, but at the same time it's pretty rare to have 3 versions of
> > the same (albeit small) program that do the same thing but were not
> > created as the result of some sort of competition to see which language is
> > best.
> My two examples were more the same but it was a number crunching application, one
> which Python was not originally designed for.  Some other application heavily
> biased towards string or list processing I am sure would be significantly
> smaller.

Agreed. It's probably a lot to do with hitting a language's sweet spot, 
the relative size of a language's sweet spot, etc.

> Thanks for the interesting discussion.

And thank you!


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