Is Python a commercial proposition ?

Michael Hrivnak mhrivnak at
Sun Jul 29 19:13:41 CEST 2012

Instagram, Pinterest, Washington Post, and The Onion all use djangoto
run their websites.

Django is of course a very highly-regarded web framework written in
python, but there are other good python frameworks out there with
strong user bases.

Python is used frequently on the server side of web applications for
sites of all sizes, with the UI generally being done in javascript.
It's also used heavily for administrative purposes such as:

- Operating system installer:
- Software repository management:
- Software package installation:
- Cloud computing:

You can write web applications that scale automatically on hosting
services like:
- Google App Engine:
- OpenShift:
- Heroku:

In sum, python is used widely for a variety of purposes by some of the
largest enterprises down to very small projects.


On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM, lipska the kat <lipska at> wrote:
> Pythoners
> Firstly, thanks to those on the tutor list who answered my questions.
> I'm trying to understand where Python fits into the set of commonly
> available, commercially used languages of the moment.
> My most recent experience is with Java. The last project I was involved with
> included 6775 java source files containing 1,145,785 lines of code. How do I
> know this? because I managed to cobble together a python script that walks
> the source tree and counts the lines of code. It ignores block and line
> comments and whitespace lines so I'm fairly confident it's an accurate
> total. It doesn't include web interface files (mainly .jsp and HTML) or
> configuration files (XML, properties files and what have you). In fact it
> was remarkably easy to do this in python which got me thinking about how I
> could use the language in a commercial environment.
> I was first attracted to python by it's apparent 'Object Orientedness' I
> soon realised however that by looking at it in terms of the language I know
> best I wasn't comparing like with like. Once I had 'rebooted the bioware' I
> tried to approach python with an open mind and I have to say it's growing on
> me.
> The questions I have are ...
> How is python used in the real world.
> What sized projects are people involved with
> Are applications generally written entirely in python or is it more often
> used for a subset of functionality.
> I hope this is an acceptable question for this group
> Many thanks
> Lipska
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