Need Python advocacy link or document ASAP :)

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Thu Aug 8 13:45:26 CEST 2002


Gerrit Muller wrote:
> 
> Peter Hansen wrote:
> >
> > GerritM wrote:
> > >
> > > http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm
> > >
> > > The index can be used to rate whether your programming skills are still up
> > > to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language
> > > should be adopted when starting to build a new software system.
> >
> > How can it be used for the latter item?  Should the decision be to
> > avoid those at the top, or to adopt them, and in any case, why?
> >
> > -Peter
> Personally I think that the decision value of such a table is extremely
> limited. The decision will be based on many criteria, some of them
> "futureproofness", "support capabilities" and "availability of
> programmers" which will be somewhat correlated with the mainstreamness
> as presumably measured by Tiobe. To convince frightened managers however
> the table can be quite useful: look we have more than 1.5, so we are
> "mainstream"!

Good point.  As one who didn't need to convince a manager of
any thing, I didn't think of that.  Thanks. :)

-Peter



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