Why python???

Johann Hibschman jhibschman at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 7 05:00:34 CEST 2003


yeung_too wrote:

>     I think many people spend time on Java and university uses
>     Java because Sun Microsystem spends much money to promote and
>     develop the Java language.

Actually, in my experience, students will complain endlessly if they 
have to use a language that they don't think will immediately get them a 
job.  So, usage of C, C++, and Java is probably student-driven, not 
faculty-driven.

I was a grad student at UC Berkeley for years, and I remember horror 
stories from the CS grad students about undergrads bitching endlessly 
about having to use Scheme, because "no one uses Scheme in the real world."

Personally, I think this reveals that people are thinking of university 
more as a trade school, at least in CS, rather than a "mind-broadening" 
education.  The humanities people never worry that Chaucer isn't used in 
"the real world."

I mean, people major in "computer science" not "computer programming." 
Computer science is, well, complexity, algorithms, design interactions, 
and so on; things independent of brute coding.

This doesn't really help you, but I am guessing that it's your fellow 
students who demand Java.

Cheers,

-Johann





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