Yes, we wouldn't want a flame war, besides, everyone knows that real programmers use APL.
X ← 3 3⍴÷⍳9 ⋄ Y ← DATA[⍋DATA] ⍝ If you can read this, nice font choices
Really, your message is a grenade. If you want to build a Python community in the library world, create a compelling project. I am sure that many folks have been inspired to learn RoR because of Hydra. You could do the same for Python (or Scala or Haskell or APL).
Python is a nice language, and I use it for systems scripting, mostly because I don't love Perl.
On Jul 29, 2013, at 8:43 AM, Joshua Welker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Not intending to start a language flame war/holy war here, but in the
> library coding community, is there a particular reason to use Ruby over
> Python or vice-versa? I am personally comfortable with Python, but I have
> noticed that there is a big Ruby following in Code4Lib and similar
> communities. Am I going to be able to contribute and work better with the
> community if I use Ruby rather than Python?
> I am 100% aware that there is no objective way to answer which of the two
> languages is the best. I am interested in the much more narrow question of
> which will work better for library-related scripting projects in terms of
> the following factors:
> -existing modules that I can re-use that are related to libraries (MARC
> tools, XML/RDF tools, modules released by major vendors, etc)
> -availability of help from others in the community
> -interest/ability of others to re-use my code
> Josh Welker
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> University of Central Missouri
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