[webkit-dev] Script programming language: Perl, Python, or Ruby?

Dirk Pranke dpranke at chromium.org
Tue Aug 31 12:29:19 PDT 2010

Oh, I should have mentioned that there is actually a compelling reason
to port PrettyPatch over, namely that if we can port it to a Python
library than we can avoid having to shell out to it from
new-run-webkit-tests. Shelling out, in addition to being slower, seems
to contribute to the Python multithreading deadlocking issues we've

-- Dirk

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:26 PM, Dirk Pranke <dpranke at chromium.org> wrote:
> I think generally most scripts are written in Python nowadays, and we
> have a large legacy of perl scripts that are getting ported over.
> bdash mentions in the bug that there are other scripts written in Ruby
> besides PrettyPatch, but that's news to me. What are they, and what
> are they used for? Is there a particular reason that they're in Ruby?
> I agree with Jeremy that, all other things being equal, fewer
> languages is better, and I'm not sure that Ruby offers many compelling
> advantages over Python (disclaimer: I personally like Ruby the
> language better than Python, although I have a lot more experience w/
> Python than I do w/ Ruby).
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:56 AM, TAMURA, Kent <tkent at chromium.org> wrote:
>> Do we have any recommendation of programming language for scripts such as
>> WebKitTools/Scripts?
>> It seems new scripts are written by Python and Ruby code is very rare.
>> Is it reasonable to port a Ruby script to Python?
>> I tried to port PrettyPatch.rb to Python
>> in https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43617 in order to remove Ruby
>> dependency for many developers and buildbots.  However bdash objected it.
>> --
>> TAMURA Kent
>> Software Engineer, Google
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