Is Python worth Learning & Could Python supplant Java

Byron Ahrens ahrensby at
Fri Aug 23 04:42:36 CEST 2002

I like your comments and agree.  The ability to reason and problem solve
seems lacking in many folks.  I am working on a MSCIS degree mainly because
I wanted a well rounded background for my work.  I value my experience,
however, as much as my degree.


"Bradley D. Larson" <blarson at> wrote in message
news:mailman.1030049525.23826.python-list at
> I  have degrees. .... and.... I know of others with degrees that cant
> think their way out of a wet paper bag once you get out of their
> little world.
> My measurement has become an even mix of:
>     1. experience
>     2. enthusiasm
> I have had employees with years of experience but need dynamite to get
> motivated. I have had other employees that are willing to do anything
> tell me what to do".
> I personally don't have the time to baby sit either.  However, I prefer
> experience.
> Hopefully one will gain some experience during the education process,
although not
> a guarantee. I say to myself.... "show me what you've done lately!"  If
you are
> still working on the same thing you were 5 years ago.. I'll look
> I've programmed in just about everything from dibol to assembly  with most
of it in
> C/C++ and assembly.  I've been using Python for the last two years as my
> language for everything from "process control" to "user interfaces" and
have been
> pleasantly surprised by the speed I can develop a product.
> For those of you who think that if you have a hammer (C/C++, Java, Python,
> Lisp,etc...) everything is a nail..... you not only have deluded your
selves as to
> your knowledge and experience but have betrayed your lack of knowledge to
> everyone else!
> Where is this all going?   Programming is a thought process of organizing
> structures and algorithms (there used to be a Pascal book named something
> like that).  Programming is not ... I'm a C programmer, I'm a Java
> Learn to Program! Period.... independent of the language.  Python FORCES
> practices for the most part. Basic, VB, C do not enforce them (there used
to be
> contests on code obfuscation of C code!).
> Matthew Sherborne wrote:
> >
> > >>>>If you want a good job, you'll need a degree.
> > >>>
> > >>>Nope.  Degree helps, but it's not needed.
> >
> > I have no degree, and am head of software development (in a small
> > company allbeit).
> > ...snip...
> > now I interview others, and I gave one person a job who had a nice
> > portfolio of work over another person who had 3 degrees.

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