Python is DOOMED! Again!

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sat Jan 24 06:51:38 CET 2015


Sturla Molden wrote:

> On 23/01/15 04:53, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> 
>> If your manager is so bad, why isn't he insisting that you program in PHP
>> or Java or Algol 68 [insert name of some language you dislike] instead of
>> Python? Is your bad manager forcing you to write Java-style code in
>> Python, or insisting on Hungarian Notation?
> 
> Nobody is forcing me to do anything.
> 
> But without a thriving community, Python has no value to me.
> 
> If we add type hinting, then that community will go away, because other
> languages are better options.
> 
> Who will win? Julia? Ruby? They are all waiting in line for Python to
> fail. Then Python will be like Smalltalk.

How ironic. Julia *already uses* a type system much like the proposed Python
one:

http://julia.readthedocs.org/en/latest/manual/types/

and Ruby has an experimental one:

http://blog.codeclimate.com/blog/2014/05/06/gradual-type-checking-for-ruby/

Javascript has one available too:

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1505962329687926/flow-a-new-static-type-checker-for-javascript/

So does Groovy:

http://groovy.codehaus.org/Runtime+vs+Compile+time,+Static+vs+Dynamic

And Erlang, Clojure, Racket and many more. Python is falling behind, not
racing ahead.



-- 
Steven




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