[aprssig] Programming Language Advice
jefflists08 at corrt.com
Sun Jan 18 18:15:41 CST 2009
Bill Vodall WA7NWP wrote:
> I really hope folks here aren't encouraging anybody new to scripting
> to start with PERL. That's a really bad idea.
> PERL is an incredible language and I use it every day. It is somewhat
> cross platform and that's good, but the excitement in the programming
> world these days is Python and others.
I'll second this. If you are going to learn a new programming language,
want to do quick'n'dirty scripts, but also want to develop some serious
applications someday, python is the way to go. I've been using it for
over ten years: everything from shell script replacements to terrain
modeling (with graphics) to large web-based inventory systems. It's
easy to learn, has a huge set of libraries, makes for fast development,
scales very well and is very sound from a computer science POV.
Why do the big software companies use C and C++? For optimum
performance, mostly. But a number of them do their *prototypes* in
python first. Most of Google's search engine product was originally
developed in python. Most ham software would work just fine at python
speeds - you can still do critical modules in C/C++ and link to them
Is python the best for embedded systems or other small-footprint
applications? Not really. C and C++ rule there. Though programmers
who prefer a higher-level / fast prototyping approach should check out
my two cents...
-- Jeff n0juh
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