Encouraging Python adoption in your organization

Ian J Cottee ian at cottee.org
Mon Oct 4 15:05:50 CEST 2004

Daniel Dittmar wrote:

> On the other hand, Paul Graham paints Java programmers as dimwits. So 
> quoting him is likely to start a flamewar. This is perhaps not the best 
> choice from a diplomatic point of view.

That is not what he said or meant. As he himself clarifies:

"""In a recent talk I said something that upset a lot of people: that 
you could get smarter programmers to work on a Python project than you 
could to work on a Java project.

I didn't mean by this that Java programmers are dumb. I meant that 
Python programmers are smart. It's a lot of work to learn a new 
programming language. And people don't learn Python because it will get 
them a job; they learn it because they genuinely like to program and 
aren't satisfied with the languages they already know.

Which makes them exactly the kind of programmers companies should want 
to hire. Hence what, for lack of a better name, I'll call the Python 
paradox ... """



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