Re: Open Source Quality

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 09 2004 - 23:46:53 CDT

Not to mention it has to deal with the confusion with Monty Python.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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From: "Karl Auerbach" <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: Open Source Quality

>
> On Sun, 9 May 2004, David Mertz wrote:
>
> > I.e. Python is the *right* language to write OVC's reference in.
>
> I agree with this, at least for the stations that handle small numbers of
> records (less than 10s of thousands). (For stations handling bigger
> numbers, I get concerned about the performance of python - at those larger
> sizes, which tend to be only in county and state wide aggregations - I
> believe that more traditional languages and databases will be useful.)
>
> But my reason has little to do with memory leakage - For years I've
> written C++ engines that run for months with no memory leaks - or buffer
> overruns (again, good coding practices can address that) - but rather that
> Python is a good, concise language.
>
> But I am concerned about Python in that it has what can be a dangerously
> flexible name-to-type binding mechanism. Python is all about binding names
> to objects. And over time a single name can be bound to many types of
> objects.
>
> This makes it hard to inspect static python code. Rather than merely
> looking at type definitions to see what a name means you actually have to
> inspect (often by execution) the code path actually taken and make a
> type(variable) call.
>
> In addition, I am concerned that in python there can be latent bugs
> lurking in not-yet taken code paths from things as common as a mistyped
> name.
>
> And any Python code that manipulates Python's underlying __xxxx__
> variables should be immediately suspect.
>
> There are tools to help with these kinds of things, but A) the tools don't
> catch everything and B) we actually have to run the tools.
>
> Python is good, but it is not a panacea.
>
> --karl--
>
>
>
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