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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Creative freedom in software engineering

I've been looking at the Google App Engine a bit lately. Pretty cool stuff. One thing I was wondering about is why they chose Python as the sole programming language. There's nothing wrong with Python and I'm sure they'll add support for additional languages in the future. But why Python as the first language? I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing the answer is pretty simple. Maybe it's just because that's what the engineer(s) working on App Engine felt like doing.

Amazing the creative freedom that ensues when there is no pressure to immediately make money from your technology.

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