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     1== Why replace PHP with Python? ==
     2We believe we can attract more developers if we change from PHP to Python.
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     4PHP is not a good language for building large, maintainable applications:
     5http://www.ukuug.org/events/linux2002/papers/html/php/index.html
     6 * especially when using it to write out complex Javascript (the syntaxes are always tripping you up)
     7 * doesn't enforce Object Orientation
     8 * poor separation of Presentation & Code
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     10Python is fully Object Oriented ('everything is an Object')
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     12Python is an interpreted language, similar to PHP & relatively easy for developers to adapt to.
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     14Java would be a reasonable choice, but the barrier to entry with Java is much harder - setting up the compiler environment, etc
     15 * this doesn't fit the RAD needs of the project.
     16 * we can still access any useful Java libs via Jython: http://www.jython.org/
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     18Ruby-on-Rails might be a good choice, but that's primarily for Web2.0 apps still & Sahana is more than just that.[[BR]]
     19Performance is also worse than for Python: http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/gp4/benchmark.php?test=all&lang=python&lang2=ruby
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     21Python also supports a wide range of libraries for adding extra functionality, including in the GIS space:[[BR]]
     22(There are no PHP libraries for GIS)
     23 * http://trac.gispython.org/lab/wiki
     24 * http://featureserver.org
     25 * http://tilecache.org
     26 * http://mapfish.org
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     28Python is also the language in which the support infrastructure is written: Bzr, Trac
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     30 * ESR's take on Python: http://pythonology.org/success&story=esr
     31 * Python as an Agile language: http://agiletesting.blogspot.com/2005/02/python-as-agile-language.html
     32 * Python is fun!: http://xkcd.com/353/
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