Python for large projects

Jay O'Connor jayoconnor at
Tue Mar 23 01:23:56 CET 2004

Paul Rubin wrote:
> claird at (Cameron Laird) writes:
>>You might also have occasion to learn about Pyrex and ... well, I'm
>>in the Trotskyite wing on this question.  It's not just that Python
>>can work for large projects.  I sincerely regard it as an even
>>*better* comparative choice on large projects; C++ and Java, the
>>usual com- petition, show all sorts of blemishes when one scales the
>>size of the project.  Python remains usable, even at the high end.
> I keep hearing this, but I don't see any large (much less very large)
> applications that have been done in Python; Zope is medium sized.
> Suppose you wanted to write any of the following:
> 1) Optimizing C/C++ compiler, like GCC
> 2) Full featured web browser, like MSIE or Mozilla
> 3) Full featured office suite, like MS Office or Open Office or KDE
> 4) Avionics for the space shuttle
> 5) Internals of a large telephone/data switch
> 6) Tax processing software for the IRS
> 7) Operating system kernel (Linux: the next generation)
> 8) Accounting software for a big bank
> 9) Full featured database like Oracle or Postgres
> 10) ... well you get the idea.
> Which, if any, would you write in Python? 

6 and 8, maybe 3...and 10 of course

Take care,

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