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Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:14:03 -0500
From: ryanseal <ryanseal AT zoho DOT com>
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Subject: Re: [geda-user] on the choice of languages
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I work in the defense industry and spend my days writing primarily C, C++, C#, Java, Python. Of these, Python is hands-down the most productive. Whether scripting, doing OO-based designs, or just writing free functions for a one-off test package, Python is superior in terms of productivity and lines of code written. In my experience, something that would take two weeks to architect and code in C++ will take you about 3 days in Python. That's a big part of its popularity. It's also popular because of the support for math- and science-based libraries (numpy, scipy and matplotlib). You've also got good GUI support with wxPython/wxGlade and others. In terms of support, stability, package availability, and productivity--you're not going to find another language that will compete. 


Of course this may change in another year, but I've been telling myself that for the last 7 years, and Python is still the winner in pretty much every category. 


Ryan
 
With the lively discussion about the choice of languages I thought I'd do 
some statistics fun. 
 
The number of books available at amazon in the department "Programming 
Languages &amp; Tools" seems to be a fairly sensible measure of the popularity 
of a language. I searched for the main candidates of the discussion. Here 
are the results: 
 
"C" : 11800 
"python": 890 
"lua" : 150 
"guile" : 3 however, "scheme": 68 




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OO-based designs, or just writing free functions for a one-off test package=
, Python is superior in terms of productivity and lines of code written. In=
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n C++ will take you about 3 days in Python. That's a big part of its popula=
rity. It's also popular because of the support for math- and science-based =
libraries (numpy, scipy and matplotlib). You've also got good GUI support w=
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this may change in another year, but I've been telling myself that for the =
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nguages I thought I'd do  <br>some statistics fun.  <br> <br>The number of =
books available at amazon in the department "Programming  <br>Languages &am=
p; Tools" seems to be a fairly sensible measure of the popularity  <br>of a=
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