I think you should also consider Ruby, but talking about Python:
I don't like Python for three reasons:
- I don't like the community! I met too many incredibly arrogant people, who thought that bashing other languages makes them good programmers. If you like people who start hate-flames after mentioning things like "emacs" (or "vi" or whatever), instead of accepting a "vive la difference" attitude, you should learn Python.
- I don't like the pypi, IMHO it can't match CPAN in usability and quality.
- I'm critical about this "There is only one way" design of Python. Like lamdas which only allow one statement or the problems with simple closure variables. It's not the features it's the restrictions.
IMHO Python is a much more isolated language, Ruby (semantically) and PHP inherited a lot from Perl, transit is easy. Even JS borrows so many semantics from Perl that it almost looks like a subset.
Learning Perl means tolerating many different concepts and widening your horizon, Python OTOH produces fundamentalists.
Last but not least where is Pythonmonks, where are Pythonmongers? =)
( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)
PS: For completeness, you didn't ask me for Python pros... ;-)
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