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I seem to remember that Ruby was already replacing Python pretty heavily 10 years ago. Rails was gaining momentum at a huge rate and Python web frameworks were dying, tools like Puppet were on the rise etc. The full history of Perl 6 still lay ahead too.

If it hadn't have worked out in the end, it would be just as relevant to claim "what a horrible rollout" was just the benefit of hindsight talking.

I think the Python devs and community need to take some credit for managing to pull off that transition successfully (even if it took longer than most expected). And to claw their way back into relevance again.

And every other language community now has a case study they reference during discussions about language upgrades :)




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