Is Python your only programming language?

Carl Banks imbosol at
Tue Aug 12 11:09:41 CEST 2003

Joe Cheng wrote:
> I'm curious about something... many members who have a Java
> background and learned Python have come to the conclusion that Java and
> Python are highly complimentary languages.  They would never consider
> filling the place Java has in their toolbox with Python, but recognize there
> are many tasks where it really pays to add Python to the mix.
> I want to ask you hard-core c.l.p Pythonistas: Do you use Python for
> everything?  (and I'm counting Python + C extensions as just Python)  Or do
> you keep another language equally close at hand, and if so, what is it?  And
> finally, do you foresee a day when Python can be, for all practical intents
> and purposes, your only programming language?

For me, it's almost 100% Python + C extensions.  Even the C extensions
are getting dubious: for my current project, I took the time to write
a C code generator in Python.

I use a smattering of Bourne Shell and Mathematica for their intended
purposes.  I often used Fortran in research work and a few other
things.  I use Java when I want to make an applet (rarely).

Any other language I use is either for fun, or to keep my programming
skills sharp.

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