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Discussion on: Ruby has the kindest programming community and I have the data to prove it

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Ondrej

Ruby community is absolutely amazing, I definitely agree with your post.

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Ondrej

This brings me to the question Why is Python more popular than Ruby? We have a great community. Our language can be used for basically everything. It's native OOP (easy to learn for beginners). Where is the Python main advance?

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Ondrej

And I have done project in both (Python and Ruby) but I have still have a strong feeling that Ruby is the superior.

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Ben Halpern Author

Python has a pretty great community too, and Python’s grip on academia and then data science is pretty strong.

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Anton

It's more "educational", I guess.

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Ondrej

Python or Ruby ? Anyway the 'educational' part should be learning algorithms and data-sets (not concrete language, this is only an implementation). That is....math.

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Anton

Python. And I mean in terms of educational material + people usually start with python + university support python more. After that I guess people just stick with python.

I agree with you. I think doesn't matter if you know Python or Ruby, if you know the foundations you will be able to learn any language in the imperative paradigm.

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rhymes • Edited

Ah ah you want to start a flame war :D

I think it's a bunch of reasons added together:

  • Python is 5/6 years older and it was developed in Europe, not in Japan (it took a few years for western programmers to get Ruby)
  • Python has been in use in academia for a very long time (way before the recent surge of ML and data science)
  • A lot of financial software uses/used Python to wrap C and C++ numerical libraries because of how easy it is
  • Python was faster for a while (don't know which one is right now, I guess they are more or less the same)
  • SciPy
  • Google picked Python a long time ago as one of what were informally called the three languages they supported (C++, Java and Python). It even employed a few members of the core team for a while. They even tried to "fork" Python at some point with the intent to make it faster (that's a nice story in itself :D)

These are few of the reasons why Python gained more popularity in the first 10 years of their existence. Then Rails and YARV came :-D

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Ondrej

Ok, these are pretty valid arguments, I take it.