January 11, 2005
Python in Computer Weekly

Clarity, not speed, makes Python an ideal language for beginners, according to Computer Weekly.

This is far from the worst Python-for-pointy-haireds that I've seen, and it's far better than nothing. Computer Weekly is very well read in the UK - I'd say that more IT pros read it than not.

It's not the first article I've seen that implies that Python is slow to run, though. In practise, everything that I write is I/O-bound (either network or disk), and Python is at least as fast as any other language in this case. It can be a bit slower than compiled languages when it comes to number-crunching and tight loops, it's true, but that doesn't bother me at all.

Also, they do bang on about Python being a good language for beginners, which it is, but they mention only in passing that it's just as good for advanced programmers.

Posted to Python by Simon Brunning at January 11, 2005 01:46 PM
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