comparation of Python with other languages

Peter Hansen peter at
Sun Jan 20 17:30:39 EST 2002

Stephane SOPPERA wrote:
> The only reasons you should prefer Python or Java to C is the learning time
> (time you spend to learn how to program), and the developpement time (it takes
> more time to write C and Java than Python). (there's also an issue of
> portability, but I don't know if you cares).

I would turn that around.

The only reason you should prefer C to Python is when the
higher performance is necessary (and usually not even then :-).

(Disclaimer, this is a deliberately general statement which
ignores obvious issues such as access to hardware, etc.  Sue me.)


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