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Sebastian Heimann, Institute of Geophysics, University of Hamburg, 8.2007

The Informal Python Boot Camp - Why Python ?

I don't want to blame the languages in the critical "Why not *" sections below; I personally use all of them (except Matlab) - with varying levels of anger and hate -, these are just some opinions/facts to find the optimal programming language for this course. By the way, I don't think that there exists The One Perfect Programming Language for any problem.

However, flame me with your comments and tell me if I am wrong on any of my statements. I would be happy if so!

Why use Python for this course?

Why not Perl?

Why not stick with shell scripts?

Why not use FORTRAN?

Why not use C?

Why not use C++?

Why not use Matlab ?