Could Python supplant Java?

Tim Tyler tim at
Thu Aug 22 00:40:28 CEST 2002

In Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote:
: Tim Tyler wrote:
:> In Gerhard Häring <gerhard.haering at> wrote:
:> : In article <1fh7m46.1rm1rwrubs0naN%ftl at>, Peter Perlsø wrote:

:> :> Java has 10 years of evolution, marketing and buzzworkign behind it.
:> : Less than 10 years. Java emerged in 1996, if I'm not mistaken. And it
:> : matured only a few years ago.
:> Not according to:
:> That traces Java's roots to January 15, 1991.

: And likewise, Python's roots go back well *before* 1991.  That year,
: however, was when it was first *publicly* released, which roughly
: corresponds to something like 1996 for Java.

: And this part of the discussion is pointless, because now somebody
: will point out Gosling's past with some _other_ language which thus
: "proves Java has it's roots in 1982" or something.  :)

: Let's just go with the *public* release, as it's a clear point in
: time at which the developers had enough confidence in their respective
: languages to make them publicly available.  We can't read their minds
: about when they really started thinking about it, and we can't easily
: distinguish between work on one language, and the language that came
: before it.

Java's launch was in 1995.  I'd say Java rather clearly has over 11 years
of "evolution" behind it - but maybe only 7 years of "marketing and buzz".
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