Python -- (just) a successful experiment?

Brian Beck exogen at
Sun Aug 7 17:03:23 CEST 2005

Eric Pederson wrote:
> Raise your hand if you think the best technology wins!
> For those of you with your hands in the air, tell me: if Python is so good, why has PHP achieved such greater adoption and mindshare?  Why do web scripters still cling to their Perl, even in corporate environments?  Why hasn't Python made inroads against Java?  Why is Ruby, and Ruby on Rails, getting such strong play?
> Are these better programming languages, or is it other factors?

You make some good points and I agree that more needs to be done to make 
python accessible, but you basically ruined the rest of your post right 
off the bat. Replace Python with, say, Linux and PHP with, say, Windows. 
  How the respective technologies got where they are today is not 
important to the analogy (except maybe being in the right place at the 
right time). There is such a huge counter-example of "the best 
technology wins" staring everyone in the face every day, that the first 
part of your post doesn't really do anything for me.

But ultimately I am on your side. Python has a long way to go, and it 
has nothing to do with the language design...

Brian Beck
Adventurer of the First Order

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