Why would I learn Python over other languages?

chuck amadi chuck.amadi at ntlworld.com
Fri Jul 9 00:25:14 CEST 2004

Hi , I would like to add a comment I agree I uses to be a coder ( 
Systems Programmer prodominately Java and JSP and thus switched to 
SysAdmin role as I wanted to get into Security and add more dimension to 
my learning curve with Linux .

I have used Python quite limiting but it done the trick I also found the 
books and the user group excellant going back to Java I am to take and 
sit my Java 1.4 exam this November 2004 and Im not that prepared and I 
don't fancy the investment I know I need to make in order to try and get 
a pass .

Java is a rich dynamic language bit from a time and speed point of view 
I love Python and as a Zope Admin is execellant tool in order to run 
Zope/Plone CMS sites as If you may or not know Zope/Plone/CMF is making 
a quite inpact in the Content Management Areana with this being written 
in Python.

So ti say it again Python is a great lanaguage I it isn't for me a hugh 
time investment .



Jorgen Grahn wrote:

>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 ...

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