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R vs Python: A False Dichotomy

By Tom Radcliffe, February 23, 2016

There have been a few articles lately posing the age old question: “Is R or Python a better language to learn for a budding young data scientist?"

The consensus answer appears to be “It depends”, but in reality there’s no need to choose between R and Python, because you can have both.

Category: python

Python Cons

By Tom Radcliffe, February 17, 2016

Yes, the title of this blog is a three-way pun, although neither Lisp nor conferences will be mentioned.

There was a nice article on Quora recently replying to a question on the downsides of the Python programming language

Python vs. Java: Duck Typing, Parsing on Whitespace and Other Cool Differences

By Tom Radcliffe, January 26, 2016

PythonPython has a lot to offer Java developers, and the languages are interesting both in their similarities and their differences. In a prior blog, I discussed the differences between Python and Java at a higher level.

Enterprises and Open Source: The Important Role of Commercial Distributions

By Bart Copeland, December 1, 2015

I recently did a webinar with Jay Lyman, Research Manager at 451 Research, discussing the trends in open source programming language adoption by enterprises and how they impact the overall business.

ActivePython vs. Open Source Python: What's the Difference

By Jennifer Lawler, November 5, 2015

I recently stumbled upon on old forum question inquiring why someone would use ActivePython instead of Python. That prompted me to write this blog, because it's important to remember that our language distributions are "more" than just the language itself.

Python GUI Programming: wxPython vs. tkinter

By Tom Radcliffe, October 14, 2015

Even though the Tcl/Tk-based UI module called tkinter is a fairly standard part of the Python distribution and has been for ages, it often gets ignored by developers who have come to Python from other directions.

My own background is mostly in the C/C++ world, where I had deep experience with Qt and wxWidgets. That made it natural and easy to focus on wxPython when I started using Python ten years ago. I knew tkinter existed, but didn't pay it much attention.

Category: dynamic languages

ActiveState: What's Next

By Bart Copeland, August 5, 2015

ActiveState: What's Next?People have been asking me, "What's happening to ActiveState now, after the sale of Stackato business (our private PaaS business) to HP?" This is an obvious question when you consider that so much of the ActiveState marketing that has dominated the headlines for the last few years has been Stackato-related. But ActiveState is comprised of a number of businesses. We have an IDE business, a Python business, a Perl business, and a Tcl business.

Python 3: In Stackato from the Start

By Troy Topnik, January 9, 2013

Python3 - Stackato I recently came across a post on ZDNet Cloud Watch by Jack Clark highlighting the new Python 3 support in Heroku.

Category: stackato

ActivePython 2.5 & 2.6: Extended Support Options

By Troy Topnik, March 28, 2012
ActivePython

ActivePython Community Edition 2.5 and 2.6 are no longer available for free download.

Category: python

PyCon 2012 Wrap Up: Those Clouds On the Horizon Are Closer Than You Think!

By Diane Mueller, March 14, 2012


From dancing robots to big data in the cloud, the many faces of Python programming were present and accounted for at PyCon 2012 in Santa Clara this past week. With over 2250 attendees, this was the largest-ever gathering of Python developers.

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