Is python worth learning as a second language?

alex goretoy aleksandr.goretoy at
Sun Mar 22 01:28:28 CET 2009

> > I've only read he subject and a few lines from other responses.
> >
> > yes, it is worth learning. I came from PHP to Python. It's very powerful
> and
> > makes application development easier for me than in PHP and/or C#, but
> bash,
> > well that depends on the type of bash. It has a lot of diffent ways you
> can
> > use it too, so that adds to how powerful it is.
> IMHO, Bash is great for quick and dirty hacks, as a kind of simplified
> Perl. But when bash script grows too big, I would consider rewriting it in
> Python rather than Perl. But this is just my personal choice.
> Since we are already a little offtopic :-), did you see any speed
> difference between PHP and Python? I understand, that you are doing web
> devel in those two?

yes, I am doing web developemnt. At the moment I'm playing around with
GAE(google app engine), but later on I most likely will setup a django site
for my combined projects set, web frontend

You are right, bash is very good for simple quick and dirty hacks, but when
the script growns it's much better to just use python

I really can't say too much about speed increase or decrease, it really
depends on the site and how its built, what libs are used and how they are
loaded, same thing in PHP, It would be difficult for me to same anything on
speed because of that. I built a templated modulated cms in CodeIgniter(PHP
MVC), google it, It is a base for a templated system. using smarty and ci
templating syntax, although the smarty side of things makes it slower I
think. Also it is modulated, which breaks up your code into modules that you
can load on the page into a div with ajax, preferrably jquery but you can
use any framework for that too

I can go on forever

I maybe will recreate something like that in python, is a good idea, thx

GAE is pretty limiting, but I will try to hack it to do things for me
maybe uploading my own libs and import those or upload python into the
project, not sure yet, thats why I may go with django

-Alex Goretoy

Samuel Beckett  - "Birth was the death of him."

On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Tomasz Rola <rtomek at> wrote:

> On Sat, 21 Mar 2009, Aahz wrote:
> > In article <Pine.LNX.4.64.0903210534130.6380 at>,
> > Tomasz Rola  <rtomek at> wrote:
> > >On Sat, 20 Mar 2009, Aahz wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Taking C++ and turning it into a VM model does not exactly strike me
> > >> as particularly good use of resources.
> > >
> > >It doesn't strike me either. But resources are not the only dimension of
> > >judging the language, you know.
> >
> > You misunderstand me: I was talking about the resources (people and
> > money) used to create Java.
> Ah, I see now. From my perspective, it depends on how things ended. Since
> Java went into VB-like direction, I think I can agree. They have to go
> deeper and deeper into this... dead end (business decisions and the like).
> But it wasn't always looking as bad as now, so, you know, it is always
> easy to judge past, especially knowing that something was a failure. As I
> was reading about Java's prospects long ago, the use of people and money
> by Sun seemed like quite good way of spending resources (not best, but
> justified). In my opinion, it was the direction Java took somewhere around
> dot com burst that has really sinked it (namely, letting go of innovating
> aspect and pushing Java as, pardon the word, "business-level solution").
> > Java is yet another language with heavy static typing and an
> > object-oriented focus.  What should have caused me to waste more time
> > before dismissing it?
> Really, I don't know. From how you wrote it, seems you had not much need
> to investigate the subject. So, since you did not feel such need in the
> first place, it could be difficult to convince you.
> It really depends on what kind of programs you write (or are going to
> write). For me, there are some cases, when I would at least consider Java
> during design phase:
> 1. Writing code that has to be, umh, mobile (not in a cell phone sense).
> Working on a network, sending code to other nodes. Special case - when
> this code has to do some computations, not heavy enough to justify using
> C, but still enough so that JIT is an advantage (even though JIT may not
> be available on every node type). And, of course, having a C compiler on
> every node is not always feasible. My favourites at the moment would be:
>  - Scheme. PLT Scheme has JIT and is my current workhorse language. It is
> possible to find other Scheme flavors on almost any >=32-bit cpu. Cons:
> all those flavors, albeit very similar and based on well defined common
> standard - to be frank, not so common anymore, but this is irrelevant -
> are still a bit different which can get problematic).
>  - Java. Has JIT and is quite ubiquitous, from mainframes to cellphones.
> Cons: different Java flavors, EE, SE, MIDP... are quite different and
> their common subset is too simple for my taste.
>  - Python. I like it more than Java, sometimes it is possible to use JIT.
> Still, the fact that I like it does not always help enough to use it.
>  - Erlang? Who knows, I would have to read more about it first.
> 2. Using code written in few different languages:
>  - Common Lisp. Right now, I don't actually feel like I can program in it,
> but from what I have read here and there, hacking REPL into accepting
> foreign code is a lot of fun and adventure, so if only I had enough time
> to learn, I would go for it, I suppose. Also, there is a possibility
> (theoretical at least) to compile the whole shebang into native code.
>  - Java. As a platform, Java has a number of other languages
> implementations on top of its JVM. They are a bit slow from what I read
> but they are here long enough to be considered stable and/or mature.
>  - Python is not a big contender here, it is not a platform. It is still
> possible to glue different libraries and interpreters with it (like Sage),
> but this is not always convenient.
>  - Mono. I know it not well enough to consider its use. But maybe, maybe.
> I hope this answered your question, at least partially. Learning Java as a
> good Python or anything replacement is not a case, I think. However,
> learning about it to have more choices is rather good idea. At least I
> myself am not too sorry about knowing Java, maybe I should have just
> jumped off its vagon a year or two earlier than I did.
> BTW, I realise that there may be some costly alternatives to everything I
> wrote above. But I am not interested so I would not consider them :-),
> Regards,
> Tomasz Rola
> --
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> ** As the answer, master did "rm -rif" on the programmer's home    **
> ** directory. And then the C programmer became enlightened...      **
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