4
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1answer
233 views

Why don't Python and Ruby make a distinction between declaring and assigning a value to variables?

Two of the most popular dynamically typed scripting languages, Python and Ruby, do not make a distinction in syntax between the declaration of a variable and assignation of a value to it. That is in ...
-3
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1answer
162 views

Is there a purely technical term for 'monkey patching' [closed]

EDIT The original title of the question was Is there a non-derogatory term for 'monkey patching'. As I have learned that the term is actually not derogatory, or is at least not meant to be, I changed ...
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3answers
1k views

Why do so many languages treat numbers starting with 0 as octal?

I've read Where are octals useful? and it seems like octals are something that were once upon a time useful. Many languages treat numbers preceding with a 0 as octal, so the literal 010 is actually ...
4
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2answers
301 views

Is using static-typing the solution to domain-driven design and decreasing the number of errors?

We are using PHP (a dynamically-typed language) in our project. However, I have found my colleagues asking questions such as ...
7
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1answer
3k views

Why did Microsoft abandon IronRuby and IronPython? [closed]

Several years ago, Microsoft announced that Ruby and Python were coming to .net. The projects were called IronRuby and IronPython, respectively. Microsoft said that the projects would be built on ...
2
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2answers
7k views

What should I learn to be backend web developer? [closed]

I want to be a web developer and because I don't want to get into designing (and stuff like that) so I thought I should become a backend developer (also more suited because of my course i.e. b.tech in ...
7
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2answers
252 views

How to share control of links/domains on an open source project with many collaborators?

I'm trying to help the Rebol project re-engineer its web presence now that it is open source as Apache 2 — after nearly two decades of proprietary license! The language's creator currently has ...
3
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2answers
323 views

Getting practicality of PHP from Ruby or Python

I have a rather odd problem. I love the practicality of PHP - specifically that I can fairly safely assume that on any random server I'll have access to the MySQL libraries, and that I can go between ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Why does gmail use java? Is there really a advantage over something like php or python? [closed]

Note: I know that none of you (probably) work for google, so this is a lot more of a conceptual question. So yeah, i discovered that Gmail uses java and that got me thinking, Why? I personally never ...
4
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1answer
423 views

Is it possible to write a code without class methods, globals, and class variables? [closed]

I'm designing my own programming language for fun, and I'm thinking of making it fully Object-oriented (no statics, no globals, no class variables, no class methods), so I need to find a way to ...
2
votes
2answers
310 views

How to fix bad fundamentals? [closed]

I am a native PHP developer, and have been for about a year or so. I love PHP and it was very easy for me to learn, but I have developed some bad habits along the way due to never having a formal ...
4
votes
7answers
568 views

Getting my younger brother started on programming [closed]

My younger brother is 13 years old, I started programming when I started to develop Android applications when I was 15, last year my brother gained an interest in it and he would always pestering me ...
1
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2answers
870 views

Is it worth converting a Django project to Rails?

I have a project I shelved a while back- it was essentially a working web app built in django but I stopped working on it to work on something else. I plan on starting it up again in my spare time, ...
12
votes
5answers
3k views

Is monkeypatching considered good programming practice?

I've been under impression, that monkeypatching is more in quick and dirty hack category, rather than standard, good programming practice. While I'd used from time to time to fix minor issues with 3rd ...
70
votes
9answers
29k views

Why is Python used for high-performance/scientific computing (but Ruby isn't)?

There's a quote from a PyCon 2011 talk that goes: At least in our shop (Argonne National Laboratory) we have three accepted languages for scientific computing. In this order they are C/C++, ...
1
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1answer
824 views

Starting with Ruby on Rails? I see a lot of criticism everywhere. Is it okay to start with Rails now in 2012? [closed]

I have worked on C before and have never tried my hands on any web application creating framework. After some convincing from one of my friends I thought of giving Rails a go. Before starting to work ...
0
votes
1answer
157 views

Whole Solution Complexity … vs Development Complexity

I am generally a PHP Developer that deals in a few different MVC frameworks. I am being tempted (like most) to break out of my comfortable LAMP environment in pursuit of a "prettier" and "more ...
27
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4answers
2k views

Concrete examples of Python's “only one way to do it” maxim

I am learning Python and am intrigued by the following point in PEP 20 The Zen of Python: There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be ...
17
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18answers
1k views

How do I “ease into” programming coming from a designer background?

Is there a way I can 'ease in' to programming. Like learning to use/modify CGI scripts to add some functions to a basic html site? Even if it's the only thing I learn it's still useful, right?. Unlike ...
3
votes
2answers
824 views

Why do ruby and python seem to have more community contribution than PHP? [closed]

In a recent blog post by Roy Osherove, it is pointed out that his switch from primarily .Net development to ruby development has seen a huge difference in community involvement and really enjoys it. ...
2
votes
3answers
575 views

Which server side framework/language should I use [closed]

I am an iOS developer. I love objective-c and the cocoa/cocoa-touch framework. I was wondering what's a programming language/ framework for server side programming that best mimics or closely ...
6
votes
6answers
4k views

What language to use for prototyping and creating quick scripts? [closed]

Right now, I use Python for my quick scripts and prototypes (e.g. algorithms, my pseudocode is very Python-like as well). The oher languages that I am familiar with include Java, C, x86 Assembly and ...
7
votes
8answers
2k views

Python : how can I impress people coming from Ruby/Java?

I am preparing a presentation about Python for my company, and would like to show Python's awesomeness to developers using Java or Ruby ! I guess it will be very simple to write shorter and cleaner ...
8
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7answers
4k views

What advantages switching to ruby might give me as a python programmer? [closed]

This is my first question on stackoverflow, so please bear with me. I'm trying to stay away from any form of trolling or flame baiting as i have a tremendous respect for both languages. I'm a python ...
14
votes
5answers
4k views

What should a Python developer know while learning Ruby? [closed]

I have been a Python programmer for about 18 months, consisting of one internship and a few side projects, and I consider myself pretty comfortable in the language. However, there seems to be a lot ...
6
votes
3answers
807 views

What do you think about gems and eggs? Alternatives? [closed]

I've read recently some criticism (see 1, 2, 3) about the packaging distribution system of two popular programming languages: Ruby gems and Python eggs. The most important argument stated against them ...
22
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8answers
16k views

Ruby or Python? [closed]

This question is extremely subjective and open-ended. It might even sound like something I should just research for myself and make my own decision. But I'd like to put it out there and get some ...
5
votes
10answers
4k views

Newbie, deciding Python or Erlang [closed]

I'm a Administrator (unix, Linux and some windows apps such as Exchange) by experience and have never worked on any programming language besides C# and scripting on Bash and lately on powershell. I'm ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Why is C# ASP.NET generally not regarded as a rapid web development framework?

The terms rapid web development gets associated with Python/Django and ROR. Why is this not the case with C# ASP.NET?
12
votes
7answers
1k views

Is there anyone who has used Python/Ruby and PHP for a long time and still prefer PHP? [closed]

I am usually fascinated by articles defending PHP and the arguments being used. Quite often authors of these types of articles don't mention what experience they have with other languages. Personally ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Do you think F# and Python might rule the future market? [closed]

I am seeing that Microsoft is concentrating too much on F#. What type of language it is going to be and will it replace the C# user base? In the last few months I am noticing Ruby posts in some ...
3
votes
2answers
154 views

Do system background services affect languages benchmarking?

Today I was looking at some blogs on Ruby and Python. A Python loyalist wrote a few lines of code with a loop to show how Python is faster than Ruby, with a similar code. I also found a blog of a Ruby ...
10
votes
8answers
1k views

How to end my dependency on .NET? [closed]

I have been developing Windows GUI applications since many years and jumped into .NET in early 2005. .NET is a undoubtedly a remarkable platform and I am still using it, but with a variety of ...
11
votes
5answers
990 views

Do you think that GAE alone is enough to justify learning Python over Ruby? [closed]

Considering the fact that you don't have to get involved in setting up/buying a server or even buying a domain, do you think that fact alone is enough to choose one over the other? I don't ...