Will multithreading make python less popular?

Aleksa Todorovic alexionne at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 11:10:46 CET 2009

Hi, Rushen!

I'm also new to using Python but from what I've found, GIL is very
intentional decision. It is one of the features of Python which make
it so powerful. I believe that if it didn't have GIL, Python wouldn't
be half near where it is now (regarding it as a language, community,
platform support, popularity, ...).

The most important question is do you really need multi-threading for
what you do? There is lot of software which doesn't require mt at all,
or could be written without mt. Also, if you haven't learnt C++ or
Java yet, mt is not something you should be worried about in the near
future - there are lot of other, more important things, you need to
learn before opening door mt hell :-)


On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 10:34,  <rushenaly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I am an engineer. I am trying to improve my software development
> abilities. I have started programming with ruby. I like it very much
> but i want to add something more. According to my previous research i
> have designed a learning path for myself. It's like something below.
>      1. Ruby (Mastering as much as possible)
>      2. Python (Mastering as much as possible)
>      3. Basic C++ or Basic Java
> And the story begins here. As i search on the net,  I have found that
> because of the natural characteristics of python such as GIL, we are
> not able to write multi threaded programs. Oooops, in a kind of time
> with lots of cpu cores and we are not able to write multi threaded
> programs. That is out of fashion. How a such powerful language doesn't
> support multi threading. That is a big minus for python. But there is
> something interesting, something like multi processing. But is it a
> real alternative for multi threading. As i searched it is not, it
> requires heavy hardware requirements (lots of memory, lots of cpu
> power). Also it is not easy to implement, too much extra code...
> After all of that, i start to think about omiting python from my
> carrier path and directly choosing c++ or java. But i know google or
> youtube uses python very much. How can they choose a language which
> will be killed by multi threading a time in near future. I like python
> and its syntax, its flexibility.
> What do you think about multi threading and its effect on python. Why
> does python have such a break and what is the fix. Is it worth to make
> investment of time and money to a language it can not take advantage
> of multi cores?
> Thank you...
> Rushen
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Aleksa Todorovic - Lead Programmer
Eipix Entertainment

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