Linked by Ritesh Kumar on Thu 13th May 2004 19:31 UTC
General Development In recent years "scripting languages" are becoming a path which is a must go for rapid application development. The open source community has seen many scripting language implementations. Some really popular and good ones available are perl and python.
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RE: Anonymous (IP: ---.ia2.marketscore.com)
by Anonymous on Fri 14th May 2004 05:11 UTC

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So why is Python a scripting languae and Java/.NET not?
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Well, one reason is that Python seems to be designed to be elegant and convenient, even when this sacrifices performance. Basically, more optimized for programmer productivity than code speed. Java/NET are strongly typed, which gives some performance advantages and early type error catching, that can be helpful in complex programs. OTOH, Python is great for small programs you want to write fast - for scripts.

I mean, if it is used mainly for scripts, let's just call it a scripting language (Java&NET have a different niche after all). Also consider that it is somewhat hard to deploy python programs in other form than a bunch of scripts (yes, I know that there are third-party tools).