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Language alone won't pay your bills


[EuroPython 2012] Alan Franzoni - 5 JULY 2012 in "Track Spaghetti"


What’s Python like? Is it ready for the “enterprise”? Does it scale well in the “cloud”? How does it stand against its old, bearded enemies like Java, or new threats like Ruby? A lot of work on Python is focused on the language itself, making it quite pleasant to read and write, and catering hordes of language lovers that swear by it. Nowadays, though, we don’t just choose a language: we pick a platform - which includes a runtime, APIs, and a lot of tools - along with its strengths and weaknesses, and many factors should be considered before doing so - mostly because we don’t usually have a “best choice ever” and we must face some sort of tradeoff with each design choice. Java is ubiquitous in the “enterprise software” world despite its cumbersomeness - why? Is it really just a matter of slow adoption rate, or does it still stand strong in some fields? We’ll explore where Python already works well and where it falls beyond others, not just in terms of language beauty, but in terms of tools and team productivity. We won’t be able to go really deep into each aspect since time is limited, but questions are welcome.


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