Could Python supplant Java?

Daniel Berlin dberlin at
Mon Aug 19 07:59:28 CEST 2002

On 19 Aug 2002, Dave Cole wrote:

> >>>>> "JamesCarroll" == JamesCarroll  <jamesdcarroll at> writes:
> JamesCarroll> "netvegetable" <deathtospam43423 at> wrote
> >>  Gosh I never realized you were so sensitive.
> >> 
> >> Forgive me darling.
> >> 
> JamesCarroll> I'm not really.  But after spending some time in this
> JamesCarroll> industry I've come to realize that that there's more
> JamesCarroll> than one way to skin a cat.  So in my "toolbox" I have a
> JamesCarroll> mix of MS and Java technologies (and a few others) at my
> JamesCarroll> disposal. I've taken a look at Python. I didn't find it
> JamesCarroll> very compelling. As far as I could tell it didn't offer
> JamesCarroll> anything new in terms of approaching problems, had no
> JamesCarroll> "area of expertise" that made it compelling for a
> JamesCarroll> particular use, and lacked solid libraries that I could
> JamesCarroll> use to solve the problems that my clients have.
> Your employer's loss really.
> In just short of 20 years professional programming I have yet to find
> a language which comes close to Python in the most important metric of
> all (for in-house development): development and maintenance cost.

You forgot the "cheap shot most likely to start advocacy flames":
"Neither of which James likely cares about, given his toolbox of "a 
mix of MS and Java technologies.""
> - Dave

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