People who write Python choose to write Python.
I don’t hear people say “I use Python at work because I have to, but I’d rather be writing Java.” But often I do hear people say they’d like to use Python if their job would allow it. There must be someone out there writing Python who would rather not, but I think that’s more common with other languages.
My point isn’t that everyone loves Python, but rather that those who don’t care for Python simply don’t write it.
Since Python isn’t a common choice for enterprise software projects, it can resist the pressure to be all things to all people. Having a “Benevolent Dictator for Life” also helps Python maintain conceptual integrity. Python is popular enough to have a critical mass of users, but not so popular that it is under pressure to lose its uniqueness.
I don’t know much about the Ruby world, but I wonder whether the increasing popularity of Ruby for web development has created pressure for Ruby to compromise its original philosophy. And I wonder whether Ruby’s creator Yukihiro Matsumoto has “dictatorial” control over his language analogous to the control Guido van Rossum has over Python.
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