I’ve finally hit a problem requiring multidimensional data structures, mathematical grunt, and speed, coupled with good DB bindings and text/file handling. Normally, I would use a perl script to fetch data from the db and process it with R (as I’ve been having trouble with the R DBI library). However, processing 31K chunks of data for 13K variables each just won’t work in R.
So I’m delving into python as a one-stop shop for all my woes. I’ve been procrastinating about learning the language, because, let’s face it, why write bad code in a new language when you can write ugly code in your long-term favourites.