Is Python a commercial proposition ?

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Mon Jul 30 08:07:00 CEST 2012

Rodrick Brown, 30.07.2012 02:12:
> On Jul 29, 2012, at 12:07 PM, lipska the kat wrote:
>> I'm trying to understand where Python fits into the set of commonly available, commercially used languages of the moment.
> Python is a glue language much like Perl was 10 years ago. Until the
> GIL is fixed

Enough people have commented on this piece of FUD already.

> I doubt anyone will seriously look at Python as an option
> for large enterprise standalone application development.

I know enough examples to recognise this as nonsense. You mentioned working
in "financials" and even there I know at least one not-so-small bank that's
been developing their internal (EAI and business process) code in Python
for almost a decade now. And their developers are quite happy with it,
certainly happier than many of the Java developers I've met in other banks.

Still, you may still get away with the above statement by providing a
sufficiently narrow definition of "standalone". By my definition, there
isn't much "standalone" code out there. Most code I know interfaces with a
couple of external tools, libraries or backends, usually written in
languages I don't have to care about because they provide a language
independent interface.


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