March 19, 2004

Java, Meet Python. Python, Meet Java

Java (specifically J2EE) is good at things like dealing with large
number of transactions, dealing with application state, and stuff
like that. But a significant majority of applications on the Web
don't necessarily generate enough of a transaction load to justify
the penalties you have to pay with Java - which carries a lot of
baggage with it to make the bytecode compiler happy that "agile"
languages like Python and Perl (especially Perl) don't worry about.
If they *really* need performance, they'll write it in what Linux
developers invariably resort to for such a task: C.


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