Ted Leung - Sun - PyCon UK 2008 - Challenges for Dynamic Languages - Keynote¶
Mr Apache XML
Challenges for Dynamic Languages
At the point of early adoption. Alot of interest at conferences, but nothing compared to Java (for example).
A little bit of controversy as the different communities start working together e.g. JRuby and Java.
We are living in a world where we need more and more software. We need every tool we can get which will help us build more reliable software.
We are starting to get significant support from commercial companies e.g. Google, Microsoft, Sun. We are starting to get jobs using these technologies.
Java found a very good niche, for various reasons, including it was free and cross platform. A big eco-system (training etc) made it acceptable for large companies.
Features like closures are causing major problems for static languages.
Major advantages of dynamic languages are construction of maps etc…
Tools: People coming from environments where the tool-sets are very good. They will expect the same.
Cross platform UI: Is never going to work.
www.medhelp.com, big challenge is deployment and management. Perhaps JRuby deployment onto Java app servers will solve a problem.
We need to tell our story to more people.
Paid support. Commercial companies want someone to sue!
Libraries: python is in pretty good shape. One of the benefits of Java is the huge, huge range of libraries.
Package management: Sucks in python.
Be careful about:
Over-hype: Ruby is probably doing too much, python, probably not enough.
We need to be honest about our weaknesses.
Big commercial companies wanting to own a language or web framework.
How do we describe our language? Scripting, modern, dynamic… none of these words describe what we have properly.