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10 Best Open Source Programs Ever

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 16 January 2013, 13:21 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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#9 Python

Came in to existence: February 20, 1991

Guido van Rossum, Python's creator, began work on this important programming language in December 1989. It wasn't until February 1991, that it saw the light. Python is a general-purpose, interpreted high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Its syntax is said to be clear and expressive. Python has a large and comprehensive standard library.

Python supports multiple programming paradigms, including object-oriented, imperative and functional programming styles. It features a fully dynamic type system and automatic memory management, similar to that of Scheme, Ruby, Perl, and Tcl. Like other dynamic languages, Python is often used as a scripting language, but is also used in a wide range of non-scripting contexts.

According to Black Duck Software's Ohloh programming statistics, "Python is the fastest growing language in the open source world as measured by number of contributors."

Even Microsoft provides a Python IDE (integrated development environment ) for Visual Studio.

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Reader's comments(3)
1: Excellent list. I have used all of them except BRL-CAD. Loved Emacs, the original IDE. Another one missed is SPICE which was also developed at Berkeley (got B.S. EECS from there) and is used for simulation of circuits and is the basis of all chip-design software.
Posted by:DSH - 28 Jan, 2013
2: where is apache, one of the most used web server?
Posted by:SHAH - 17 Jan, 2013
This article is about the oldest and best open source programs, Apache is relatively the recent one, and it is to turn 17 this Feb.
Shashi Replied to: SHAH - 17 Jan, 2013