Why would I learn Python over other languages?

Jorgen Grahn jgrahn-nntq at algonet.se
Thu Jul 8 23:25:59 CEST 2004


On Thu, 08 Jul 2004 06:10:32 GMT, Anthony Roberts <acrobert-at-ucalgary-dot-ca at ucalgary.ca> wrote:
> I was ready to write a long response, but then I realized that all you 
> probably need to know is speed. As in, how fast can I learn this?
> 
> Java will take you months to get good, years if you don't know any other 
> languages yet. It will take books, large time investments, lots of 
> busywork as you get comfortable with stuff, and lots of false starts as 
> you discover new parts of the API. You can be good at Python in weeks.
...
> To put it in perspective, I learned Java 3 years before Python. It was 
> my language of choice. It took me two weekends with Python before I was 
> more productive with it than with Java.

I second that. The thing I find remarkable about Python is precisely that:
that learning the language is a very small investment.

Just sit down over the weekend with docs.python.org, a Python installation
and a text editor with good Python support. By Monday you may not need to
make a decision ...

/Jorgen

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