Re: Marketing Python - An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Posted: Mar 2, 2006 6:34 PM
Pythonic is small, quiet and unimpressive. Like a dutch
house? Pretty much. But if you look closer, you'll see
that it not just neat and clean, it is also well-done,
with method and devotion.
Belgian are a little bit like that too:
Niet klagen maar dragen an bieden vor God
Quiet and practical perfectionnists:
Pour vivre heureux vivons cachés
I blogged about CPython quiet world-domination over C# and Java. I really meant it, to the last bit. CPython is the practical next level of computer and network application development, just above C.
Before and beyond Java.
To script its ThinkPad installation, IBM uses CPython 2.2. Which is also the standard system scripting VM used by Debian GNU/Linux and the only other VM besides Microsoft's and Sun's that is supported by Nokia.
Without marketing muscle, CPython got to run everywhere.
Because it smaller and bigger, older and newer.
The sources of the CPython VM are smaller, they do more with less, which has an undeniable effect in the quality of its applications. Yet it is bigger than either C# or Java, both in API and systems supported.
The CPython VM is older than CRL or Java, and yet it is newer too: it is much closer to a Lisp interpreter than its competitors, maybe not yet there but much closer.
I blessed with the ability to come up with nice one-liners. If you google-me-up, you may find a one-liner that I wrote once. And which got successfull enough to be later used ... as spam:
"Free your software, and your ass will follow"
Sex allways makes a sale, but a cheap one. The trouble with that one-line is now that my name is associated somehow to this line and all the spam that goes allong. Including the name of my own project, which happens to be also the name of a medicine spam-marketed on the Internet. Can you see the irony?
I don't complain too much: all that semantic noise probably gives my blog a certain degree of privacy. But, now that the project is out of alpha, I came up with a better tagline than "The Semantic Web Peer" (which is as bad as correct ;-) for the real cool:
"Python on Peers"
with a nice pitch about the New Frontier of network peer application development, and the innevitable one-line question:
"Leave Ruby on Rails and let Java Sails"
and its very much self-satisfied answer:
"You Want Python on Peers"
Drop me a line if you like it, scream before I publish it if you find it terrible.