[Tutor] Choice of Python

Marc Tompkins marc.tompkins at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 18:57:43 CET 2010

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Marc Tompkins <marc.tompkins at gmail.com>wrote:

> I love, love, love me some Python - it fits the way I think better than any
> other language I've used - but there is one consideration that occurs to me:
> Python is nearly ubiquitous on Linux/Mac, and easy to download and install
> on Windows - but most bargain-basement Web hosts don't support it (I'm
> looking at YOU, GoDaddy.)
> If you're using a premium hosting company ("premium" doesn't necessarily
> mean "extremely expensive", but you do need to compare hosting plans), or if
> you plan on hosting your site yourself, then I would absolutely recommend
> Python (with or without Django or what-have-you) for Web development... but
> if you plan on using GoDaddy, stick with PHP.

I sent that too fast: I should clarify.  From your mention of CakePHP, Zend,
and ASP.Net I assume you're mainly interested in Web development.

For desktop development, embedded scripting, or almost any situation where
you can install your own software - I recommend Python wholeheartedly.  I
jumped into it a few years ago when I had a legacy flat-file database I
needed to write reports against, and no native tools to do it with.  I had
my first report written within four or five hours of downloading Python, and
I've been hooked ever since.

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