[MUD-Dev] Python script as stand alone MUD server...

ceo ceo at grexengine.com
Fri Jan 23 11:43:21 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


Jason Slaughter wrote:

> I was looking at languages that could be used for mud
> development. What I was looking for was something that runs
> unchanged on most operating systems (I want to program it and test
> it on my Windows PC, and then just FTP it to my Linux server to
> actually run), something that was cheap (or free!), and preferably
> open source (which excluded Java... which although meets all the
> other criteria, there is just something more comfortable about
> using open-source). I also wanted to avoid using something that
> requires an external database.

I'm not evangelising Java here, but...you are aware that you can
download and view the complete java source, aren't you? (the only
thing excluded is the native source for the JVM implementations;
there are times when this is disadvantageous - e.g. if you're coding
very high-performance apps and need to check *precisely* how the JVM
handles/optimizes certain situations...although you'd often need a
lot of domain-specific knowledge to be able to deduce much from the
source code - but in general it's not an issue)

The point is that Java is particularly good at fulfilling WORA,
partially due to a history of over-promising and under-delivering,
and then Sun etc having to work hard to try and undo the
reputational damage. E.g. in my own experience, it's nice to have a
modern asynch I/O library that is transparently cross-platform,
sharing a common API. No worries about which platforms your specific
asynch libs are available for...

WORA seems too minor a reason alone to pick a particular language,
so this isn't a reason to use Java rather than Python, but just so
long as you're making a valid comparison...

Adam M
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