Python as a Language Choice
tim at remove_if_not_spam.digitig.cix.co.uk
Tue Jun 17 00:07:32 CEST 2003
On Mon, 16 Jun 2003 10:42:29 -0700, "Cousin Stanley"
<CousinStanley at hotmail.com> wrote:
> o Free ... Open-Source ... Cross-Platform ...
> o Easy to learn, easy to use, and VERY readable ...
> o Power/Punch ratio is fairly high ...
> That is, get a lot of work done
> in only a few lines of code ...
Power to punch yes, but I don't care how many lines of code. I'd
sooner quickly write a dozen lines of nice clear Python than spend
hours agonising over one line of indecipherable APL to do the same
> o Very active and friendly development community
> centered in comp.lang.python where one can read
> and learn from daily posts by the authors themselves
> of popular and current Python books and modules ...
> o Large and diverse set of Application Programming Interfaces
> available in many areas ...
Not really a factor for me; I just as often use a plain text editor.
> o Multiple choice for GUI programming ...
> [ Tk | GTK | QT | wxPy | others ... ]
I only want one, but it has to be one I like :-)
> o Core languange is readily extensible through
> and embeddable in other languages ...
I must look at that some time.
One factor for me that isn't in your list is the extensive
availability of libraries such as numeric and the XML stuff.
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