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Python is absolutely great for prototyping. And I like it for smaller, more self-contained apps where you don't have to worry too much about mission creep. And of course, you have sqlalchemy.

But all in all, it's more the safety you get from static typing I'm interested in than a pure speed boost. Though pylint is not too bad, it's still not the same.

I've work (and continue doing it) on quite big and complex projects in Python, and it works really well for that. Of course, it can depend of the context, but in general I don't think that safety is much more and issue on a dynamic language (and in Python in particular).

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