[FRPythoneers] Re: VB/Python article....

J. Wayde Allen wallen at its.bldrdoc.gov
Thu Jun 7 12:51:38 MDT 2001


On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Cameron Laird wrote:

> >performance.  Not too surprisingly many of these kinds of software
> >packages are written in Fortran.  It is somewhat unlikely that Python
> >will break in here.
> >		.
> >		.
> >		.
> Yes--but not impossible.  Many "scientific programmers"
> spend a lot of their time in boilerplate.  They shuffle
> lines of code, tweak programs to create new programs
> with slightly different algorithms, ...  Introduction of
> a higher-level language would multiply the productivity
> of these guys.  I know; I went through some of these
> same challenges and opportunities in the early '80s (then
> it was LISP and FORTRAN, for me).

No argument here.

> The customers are hardly convinced, though.  I know I've
> been urging HLLs on numeric types for at least a couple
> of decades, and it doesn't feel as though they're any
> closer now to getting the point of why learning more than
> one language is to their advantage.

Yep, you're are up against a very tough crowd.  

- Wayde
  (wallen at its.bldrdoc.gov)




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