[FoRK] Python, Re: The collapse of the .net ecosystem

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Jun 21 12:21:13 PDT 2015

If you were to create a compute system with the biggest interesting footprint, perhaps combine Node, Python, Go, Java, and C++ very 
efficiently accessible (via locking shared/transfer memory plus messages/mutexes) to each other.  It would at least be good for 
teaching, playing, testing, and exploring, if not for frankenapps.

What other server-side language is important?  C# maybe, but seems too close to Java to bother.

Forgot to include the HLA link:


On 6/21/15 12:01 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> On 6/20/15 2:10 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> ...
>> Python, it has pockets where it seems strong (math/HPC/ML), and other areas where it seems failed (client apps or web apps client 
>> or server).  There are various other niches.  But for the best architectural and technological ideas and tools, where is the 
>> momentum and acceleration going?
>> ...
>> sdw
> Python is now the go to language for learning to program.  Like Java, Visual Basic, etc. before, this is going to boost it.  With 
> great libraries, and easy ways to integrate C++ into it to create scripting for powerful C++ code, and the ability to be embedded 
> easily (which Java fails at) while being better than a toy language (Lua), it is going to go strong for a while.  It has a lot of 
> competition from Javascript, with Node being much more of the Python equivalent, hence the use of "Node" as a language reference 
> almost separate from Javascript and very separate from HTML5.
> Javascript isn't going away because of web browsers, and the JIT engines are now as good as they need to be for most things. 
> Python and Java aren't likely to go away because of their footprint.  C++ is the basis of everything, and where core performance 
> modules should be built, but fast code development can often be done in a more scripted (Javascript, Python) or otherwise 
> simplified and confined language (Java, C#).
> So, have people combined them?  I completed/published JavaGlue for full-featured Java->C++. (I am overdue to publish my update 
> which is much easier to use.)  Python->C++ and Javascript->C++ exist.  What about Javascript+Python (or Python+Javascript if 
> that's your persuasion)?  A quick look finds some interesting options to digest:
> https://www.codementor.io/python/tutorial/integrating-nodejs-python-how-to-write-cross-language-modules-pyexecjs
> https://pypi.python.org/pypi/PyExecJS
> Related:
> https://pypi.python.org/pypi/nodeenv - Node setup environment via Python, with Python
> http://gearman.org/ - Multithreaded / process Jobs, communication, etc.
> http://blog.thoonk.com/ - Redis messaging (via shared memory?) for efficient distributed multi-language work.
> https://github.com/andyet/thoonk.js
> https://github.com/andyet/thoonk.py
> Python (and other things) transpiler:
> http://rusthon-lang.blogspot.com/2015/06/rusthon-overview.html
> https://github.com/rusthon/Rusthon  (Used to be PythonJS)
> Python in Javascript:
> http://www.skulpt.org/
> http://pyjs.org/
> http://www.brython.info/
> Related article that popped up today:
> https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-Python-is-a-dying-language
>> have been a core Python user for  quite a few years now and am even working with them(Python Software Foundation) through 
>> Google's Summer of Code,2015 . Before I go on to explain how soon Python is going to die and Assembly achieve immortality , a few 
>> stats :-
>> So 29.8% of the Computer Science community used a "dying language" in 2013 . So we should expect that there would be a drastic 
>> decrease in the number 0f Python users in the following year (Note : Assembly is not even on the chart , maybe more of the Coding 
>> community are not skilled enough to handle that eternal language) So lets see the data for the following year :-
>> Hey , thats not possible ! Maybe someone tampered with the data.How can the number of users of a dying language increase ? Maybe 
>> ,its not dying then ?
>> Maybe, stats are for fools to ponder on.
>> So, lets start by listing a few (maybe one of a millionth fraction) of the Software developed using Python 
> [Long list of Python-based systems.]
>> This is just a few of the many applications. Rarely do you see a programming language with so much of diversity and used in so 
>> many scientific and non scientific fields.
>> Even if these were insufficient, I have been in touch with a lot of Python developers and there is one thing I can say with 100% 
>> confidence , you will find no other programming language with as great a community as Python. The community of Python users is 
>> where lies its "undying" spirit .
>>  Being a new member to the organization I was guided with a lot of warmth and friendliness. I felt that I had been a part of 
>> their family for years!
>> EDIT : A little something I cooked up fro my Facebook share :-
>> PYTHON : print "Sorry Assembly , didn't want to be rude to you!"
>> section .text
>> global _start ;must be declared for linker (ld)
>> _start: ;tells linker entry point
>> mov edx,len ;message length
>> mov ecx,msg ;message to write
>> mov ebx,1 ;file descriptor (stdout)
>> mov eax,4 ;system call number (sys_write)
>> int 0x80 ;call kernel
>> mov eax,1 ;system call number (sys_exit)
>> int 0x80 ;call kernel
>> section .data
> That's not the only way to do assembly.  If I wanted to go that way much, I'd start here:
> sdw
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