Why Python?

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
Mon Apr 30 18:36:41 UTC 2007

David Douthitt wrote:
> Jesse Keating wrote:
>> On Saturday 28 April 2007 19:22:21 Peter van der Does wrote:
>>> Just out of curiosity but why are our webapps written in Python and not
>>> in Perl for example?
>> Historically it seems to many that python apps remain maintainable 
>> over time, while perl apps have a tendency to not.
> I would suggest that it is possible to write maintainable and 
> understandable Perl code, just as it is easy to write complicated, 
> incomprehensible, and obfuscated Python.
> On a related note: does this mean one would be handicapped (in the 
> Fedora Infrastructure area) by a lack of Python knowledge?

Not at all, I didn't do my first hello world app in python until last 
August.  It's just that a lot of our development is done in python and 
we happen to have a lot of development needs right now.  But as long as 
you have core competencies in some of the technologies we're using 
(Apache and Xen both immediately come to mind) you'll do just fine.


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