Will multithreading make python less popular?
michele.simionato at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 11:27:11 CET 2009
On Feb 16, 10:34 am, rushen... 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...
multiprocessing is already implemented for you in the standard
Of course it does not require heavy hardware requirements.
> 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?
You can take advantage of multi cores, just not with threads but with
which BTW is the right way to go in most situations. So (assuming you
a troll) you are just mistaken in thinking that the only way to
use multicores is via multithreading.
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