Article of interest: Python pros/cons for the enterprise

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Tue Feb 26 12:58:09 CET 2008


On 25 Feb, 19:44, Nicola Musatti <nicola.musa... at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>                                             Witness the kind of
> libraries/framework that used to and still come with some commercial C+
> + implementation, and even some free/open source ones; Boost, ACE and
> wxWidgets are the first that come to mind.

Oh, that's another good reason for C++'s decline: the fragmentation of
the development community through a plethora of proprietary products,
each one with its advocates and a relatively small common ground
(admittedly growing over the years thanks to Free Software and
standards) between them all. When Java came along, even though the
best GUI offering was AWT, it was better than nothing and it was one
of the batteries included. Although Sun's Java was also proprietary,
it was easier for people to obtain and redistribute, often without per-
seat or per-unit licensing costs.

Of course, C++ isn't the only language with this problem. The Lisp
scene has also been plagued by an unnecessary deference to commercial
interests, which means that the hottest topic on comp.lang.lisp right
now is probably Paul Graham's much-anticipated but arguably
disappointing Lisp "successor", Arc, amongst the usual in-fighting and
parade-dampening.

Paul



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