does anybody earn a living programming in python?

Alex Martelli aleax at
Sun Oct 1 20:18:45 CEST 2006

<jmdeschamps at> wrote:

> Since then, feedback from students in industry is that it is being used
> more and more, day in and day out by top world class shops (games,
> effects, etc). BUT It's still Java, C++, PHP, SQL that have the
> marketing demands...

Absolutely.  But note that SQL (like Javascript, but even more so) DOES
have an absolutely good, perfectly strong reason to exist within the
compass of competence of any strong programmer, no matter what
language[s] he or she uses for _general-purpose_ stuff.  Even when using
a higher-level abstraction (an ORM rather than SQL, or one of those
doodads which compile some Java code into Javascript so it runs in the
user's browser), which may or may not be a good choice for a certain
specific use, you really still need good understanding and practice of
the underlying SQL (or Javascript) in order to get solid results, good
performance, debugging of any problem that may arise, etc etc
("Spolsky's Law of Leaky Abstractions" applies strongly here;-).


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