Talking to marketing people about Python

Carl Banks pavlovevidence at
Mon Sep 25 21:24:06 CEST 2006

Roy Smith wrote:
> I'm working on a product which for a long time has had a Perl binding for
> our remote access API.  A while ago, I wrote a Python binding on my own,
> chatted it up a bit internally, and recently had a (large) customer enquire
> about getting access to it.
> I asked for permission to distribute the Python binding, and after a few
> weeks of winding its way through the corporate bureaucracy I got an email
> from a product manager who wants to meet with me to "understand the market
> demand for Python API before we commercialize it".
> Can anybody suggest some good material I can give to him which will help
> explain what Python is and why it's a good thing, in a way that a
> marketing/product management person will understand?

You might point out that Perl is really dragging its feet on a next
major release (what's it been, like 5 years?), which is almost
certainly undoing some of its FUD power.  Therefore, it would be a good
idea for your company to invest in some alternatives to Perl sooner
than later.

Carl Banks

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