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Helmholtz Coil's Journal: Perception Of Python 2

Journal by Helmholtz Coil

This one's been bothering me for a while, and I'm sure I'm not alone. I do a fair amount of software development as part of my job-at first it was just to support projects I was working on, but more and more I get the call when others need work done. I've even got "Software Developer" tacked on to my job description/title, but I still don't think of myself as one.

Anyway. Most of the development I do is in C for embedded devices, but I also get to use Python a fair amount as well-I especially like using it when I'm working on a new algorithm before I hard-wire it in C. The issue I'm constantly facing is the perception 'round the workplace that somehow working in Python != software development:

"It's just a script, right? Like a batch file?"

Bothersome mostly because the perception is that it shouldn't take me more than an hour or two for even the most complicated program / algorithm. I've tried showing the Python code to the Powers That Be but it still reads like a batch file to them. Any insight?

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  • Maybe you should deliver an executable and a 'source' file to your supervisors. Google turned up this. [ypsolog.com]
    Or you could try to convince them that what you're doing is the equivalent of an EE doing circuit design with a sw tool (like PSpice). Or if semantics are the problem, start calling your scripts 'prototypes'.

    Kudos on Gentoo.
    • Thanks for the ideas, I think I'll try the "prototype" approach you suggested. You know, the funny thing is I've delivered compiled executables a few times with the same results. The last time the higher-ups were "surprised it took so long," because I'd done a completely unrelated Tcl/Tk compiled GUI for 'em years ago and they thought I'd only have to change the name or something. The weirdest part is my boss is always saying how glad he is I like to do the software, because he remembers how painful Fort

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