1) How fast has Python been spreading? Who uses it? How difficult is
it to hire a programmer who knows it (in case I drop dead :) or leave)?
2) How much of advantage does it provide over Perl or C++? How much
faster can you write a moderately complex application, and how much
eaiser it is to maintain? The Smalltalkers I know have been able to crank
out applications in half to a quarter of the time it would take them in C,
and now that they're reusing huge amts of code, they're getting even
better returns. Does anyone have any hard numbers or personal stories
I could use? Also, is someone is familiar with object-oriented approaches
and the vaguaries of UNIX, how long should it take for them to learn
Python? What's the learning curve like?
Center for Community Economic Research
P.S. I already checked out the FAQ, which was useful but didn't really
give me enough ammo.