[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.
(wallen at its.bldrdoc.gov)
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