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Old 01-21-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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Question Is Python a good choice for writing a browsing proxy server?

I've been programming in C++ for a couple of years now. I basically picked it up as my first language for the sake of knowing the "industry standard" for game programming. However, I've been wanting (for a while now) to pick up either Perl, Ruby, or Python. After doing my research I've landed on Python. (but I'm still open to persuasion ) Anyway...I needed a project to get me started. When learning C++ I had the help of my high school's IT guy. He assigned me projects that he thought would help me toward my goal. So he had me write a screen saver that displayed content from the school's RSS feed. The idea that's come to mind is a proxy server that can be privately used by me and my friends at school. We're pretty dedicated gamers and enjoy doing our game-research after finishing all of the assignments in Computer Repair (what a joke...). So, would Python be a good choice for writing this? or would Perl/Ruby be better?

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Old 01-21-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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I was in the same boat few years ago. Knew about C and C++, wanted to learn a language "between C and shell".

At that time I didn't know about ruby's existance. I chose python over perl, which I would still do again no doubt. But I still know little more about ruby than that it exists. From what I saw about it, it looks OK. But knowing python now I don't feel there's no point to learn ruby anymore.

As for a proxy server I'm sure it is possible to code one in python. But intuitively I think C/C++ would be more suitable for a proxy server than either perl/python/ruby. But don't take my word for that. I could be wel wrong about that.

I know little about proxies, but I do know good open source proxies already exist. Why code one yourself? It won't be easy in any language to make a good one.


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