age of Python programmers

Reid Nichol rnichol_rrc at
Wed Aug 18 18:43:52 CEST 2004


Mike C. Fletcher wrote:
> survey that might have this information with *real* numbers.  Theres a 
> good little bump among the scientific and core-dev peoples for late 
> forties and above (maybe those careers keep you flexible enough to try 
> new things?  Maybe the projects are experimental enough that using a 
> "new" language isn't a problem?)
The people who enter a carreer that involves science to any real degree 
*must* mantain flexibility.  They typically do research and nothing 
would really get done if this weren't the case.

Since experimental math came along (very recent - I believe in just the 
last few years) and since numerics is a large part of Physics now, it'd 
make sense that the older ones would pick up an easy to learn language. 
  And since the GSL has python bindings, all the better.

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