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Just discovered Types and Objects in Python by David M. Beazley which sounds similar to my Python Types and Objects article but is very different. It covers the core concepts and fundamentals pretty well and is great for people learning to use Python. My article is more pedantic in nature and can be read after that one for a better understanding of the underlying relationships between objects. [discuss]


"This project aims to connect open source projects concerning an IDE core library and framework written in Python to avoid the ongoing duplicating efforts."

The new Python.org website.

I'll hold off commenting on it for a couple of weeks - after I see how effective the new process is in integrating user contributions.

An open response to my last blog entry.

4 Feb 2006 (updated 6 Jul 2007 at 04:10 UTC) »
I Give Up

I happened to look at the new beta.python.org today - 'what an improvement!' I thought - impressed with the new look and feel of the site. I was all fired up and ready to contribute - to start moving and creating content. Watch out pydotorg, here I come...

Until I realized I couldn't !

I don't know YAML. I found no samples. The Redesign Site is full of teasers about how much good stuff is in svn.python.org, and how you can build it with Pyramid. Except for one small thing - you don't have access to the content source. That's right - there are a bunch of things to be done but no direction on how to go about doing it! This left me even more exasperated than last week - when I tried to install Pyramid, found that I needed 5 different things (2 of which I never heard of and needed to be compiled) - finally giving up after realizing I'm not comfortable installing Python 2.4 on my Mac OSX just for this.

So this drove me to effbot's efforts. A standard wiki for editing, combined with a front end rendering system - how nice - I can sure write wiki markup! Until I realized there no wiki yet. It's hidden, maybe because the 'HT2HTML-to-MoinMoin converter is about 80% ready'? Aha! at least I can contribute to that code - oh wait, that's hidden too.

My enthusiasm is all gone now - anyone know where the bazaar is?

Some PyCon 2006 sponsors:

  • Google - not a big surprise
  • Microsoft .NET - big surprise!
Click on the link above to view other sponsors.


Leaves a lot to be desired. Posted my gripes here.

Magic buzzword?

Yes, Titus - the buzzword is agile.

Is indentation more human?

I was creating a bulleted list in Word and using indentation to demarcate a sub-list, when a thought crossed my mind - what would it be like to use delimiter, instead of indentation?

  • Fruits {
  • Apple
  • Orange }
  • Veggies {
  • Spinach }

Eek! And yet, while writing programs, we work harder to appease the machine, than to help the human readers. Perhaps we have been working with machines so much, we have lost our ability to recognize human-friendliness?

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