HELP! Must choose language!

Cliff Wells LogiplexSoftware at
Thu Jan 2 01:27:55 CET 2003

On Wed, 2003-01-01 at 15:16, Nick Vargish wrote:
> Erik Max Francis <max at> writes:
> > If Java were to be acceptable for commercial usage, what would prevent
> > Python from it?
> I hate to say it, but "managerial mind-share."  Somehow, Java managed
> to break into management thought patterns as something trendy, useful,
> or widespread. The widespread bit is actually becoming a
> self-fulfilling prophecy. 

It's called marketing.  Many (mis)managers read trade journals and
believe what they read.  If I believed everything I've read about java
in these journals, I'd be in right now.  

> Something that I always find amazing is that there is actually a lot
> of resistence to using any open source software in the commercial
> world. Java actually earns some respect in those circles _because_ it
> is largely the "property" of a single company. I've had a hosting
> company tell me that their network could not be source of a problem we
> were experiencing, because they used "proprietary and very expensive
> software" to configure and monitor it...
> What we need for Python to get commercial attention is for some large
> companies to start charging real money for development environments,
> libraries, and consulting. Then we might see Python take off in the
> commercial sector. Also good would be for some proprietary and very
> expensive software packages start supplying Python APIs or embedding.

Easy solution:  tell them you need $800 to buy the Python development
system.  Download and install Python, pocket the money, tada: everyone's
happy.  They might be even happier if you tell them that they'll have to
fork over licensing fees for every application shipped ;)

Cliff Wells, Software Engineer
Logiplex Corporation (
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