I was about to start my trek up Python mountain until Bard Ermentrout tipped me to the Julia language and I saw this speed table from here (lower is faster):
|gcc 4.8.1||0.2||2.7.3||3.0.2||R2012a||3.6.4||8.0||V8 22.214.171.124||go1|
Julia is a dynamic high level language like MATLAB and Python that is open source and developed at MIT. The syntax looks fairly simple and it is about as fast as C (Fortran looks like it still is the Ferrari of scientific computing). Matlab is fast for vector and matrix operations but deadly slow for loops. I had no idea that Mathematica was so fast. Although Julia is still relatively new and not nearly as expansive as Python, should I drop Python for Julia?