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On Sinking the Titanic

In short, Python is really more than a language; it implies a development philosophy. The concepts of prototyping, rapid development, and hybrid applications certainly aren’t new. But while the benefits of such development modes are widely recognized, there has been a lack of tools that make them practical without sacrificing programming power. This is one of the main gaps that Python’s design fills: Python provides a simple but powerful rapid development language, along with the integration tools needed to apply it in realistic development environments.

This combination arguably makes Python unique among similar tools. For instance, Tcl is a good integration tool but not a full-blown language; Perl is a powerful system administration language but a weak integration tool. But Python’s marriage of a powerful dynamic language and integration opens the door to fundamentally faster development modes. With Python, it’s no longer necessary to choose between fast development and fast execution.


  

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