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  • Per your collective requests, here is one of the documents with my collective observations from learning Python. This article was posted to the Perl newsgroup, but I have duplicated the posting here ...
    Tom ChristiansenTom Christiansen
    Aug 19, 1999 at 3:22 pm
    Sep 22, 1999 at 12:46 am
  • Perl doesn't have lists. Python doesn't have built-in arrays. Python, however, has an array module as part of its standard library. I will assume that a list module is available for Perl. I wasn't ...
    John W. StevensJohn W. Stevens
    Aug 14, 1999 at 3:04 am
    Aug 29, 1999 at 7:39 pm
  • Tim, you are the longest running bot in history :-) I hope one day we the mere humans will get a chance at reading your source code. some-bots-are-better-than-others-ly y'rs - Alex
    Alex MarandaAlex Maranda
    Aug 17, 1999 at 9:20 am
    Aug 29, 1999 at 9:10 pm
  • I think it would be more pythonish if this would return a runtime (or even compiletime) error: def foo(): a=5 b=foo() It shouldn't just return None. That's a source of errors. This is obviously an ...
    Paul PrescodPaul Prescod
    Aug 26, 1999 at 2:33 pm
    Sep 6, 1999 at 9:08 pm
  • It looks like version 0.0.1 of Parrot, my text-based GUI builder, will be ready within a day or so. It doesn't actually do anything useful yet; v0.0.1 is a technology demonstration version, which is ...
    Phil HuntPhil Hunt
    Aug 21, 1999 at 11:56 pm
    Sep 9, 1999 at 3:52 am
  • Is there a command to do this? (Can't find one but...) I've been writing an algorithm myself, but it's incredibly slow and I would like something quicker (of course :) ) Ole Sent via Deja.com ...
    Ole-Kristian VillaboeOle-Kristian Villaboe
    Aug 17, 1999 at 7:02 am
    Aug 29, 1999 at 4:23 am
  • This is a request for comments on Viper, Yet Another implementation of Python. I'm building Viperi, the interpreter, and I'm interested in comments on three issues: 1) compatability with Python 2) ...
    John Max SkallerJohn Max Skaller
    Aug 10, 1999 at 8:37 pm
    Aug 24, 1999 at 7:18 am
  • Why do we call python a scripting language? For me, and for most of the people I try to tell about the benefits of python, the title 'scripting language' implies that its not a real language capable ...
    Aug 27, 1999 at 10:18 am
    Aug 30, 1999 at 4:07 pm
  • Per your collective requests, here is one of the documents with my collective observations from learning Python. Some have mentioned that I've left things out that are in more recent releases. I'm ...
    Tom ChristiansenTom Christiansen
    Aug 19, 1999 at 3:21 pm
    Aug 22, 1999 at 5:08 pm
  • Private mail has indicated a remarkably amount of distrust about my learning Python. Some verges on the unbelievable. And yes, I react to personal digs unquietly. That this should come as a surprise ...
    Tom ChristiansenTom Christiansen
    Aug 20, 1999 at 2:54 pm
    Aug 27, 1999 at 7:45 am
  • [Ivan Van Laningham] If they're as funny as Mr. X, we can only hope. You should read Xah's posts again! They're a good parody of the worst of "Usenet Attitude" postings. We may have a potential ...
    Tim PetersTim Peters
    Aug 27, 1999 at 4:06 am
    Sep 1, 1999 at 11:37 pm
  • I am presently working on a CGI based system in Python, and the experience gave me an idea for a simple Python program, I would appreciate any comments (such as "don't bother, it's been done" or ...
    Ian ClarkeIan Clarke
    Aug 3, 1999 at 8:05 am
    Aug 10, 1999 at 2:53 am
  • ...Anyone know of such a beast in Python? The background is this... I want to write a deck managing program for Magic the Gathering (or other CCGs or similar games). The program has a collection of ...
    Hans NowakHans Nowak
    Aug 26, 1999 at 5:44 pm
    Sep 1, 1999 at 2:10 am
  • I looked in the FAQ and couldn't find anything on the Compound Assignment Operators. (+=, *=, -=, etc..) Why dosen't Python support them? Is there a easy way to add them? -Drew McDowell
    Drew McDowellDrew McDowell
    Aug 13, 1999 at 7:41 pm
    Aug 20, 1999 at 3:08 pm
  • Hi, people. Still learning and experimenting with Python. :-) After having translated some code (not big, but not small) from Perl to Python, I discover it runs ten times slower. I did not learn to ...
    François PinardFrançois Pinard
    Aug 31, 1999 at 1:55 pm
    Sep 15, 1999 at 2:41 pm
  • I proposed an interesting idea to my employer for my final thesis. My proposed final thesis includes: - a prototype implementation of networked multi-player video gambling game (which also has a ...
    Petri Mikael KuittinenPetri Mikael Kuittinen
    Aug 19, 1999 at 4:53 pm
    Sep 29, 1999 at 10:30 pm
  • [[ This message was both posted and mailed: see the "To," "Cc," and "Newsgroups" headers for details. ]] Doing some profiling on Graphite this weekend, we found a very curious thing: a gazillion ...
    Joe StroutJoe Strout
    Aug 30, 1999 at 5:50 pm
    Jun 7, 2000 at 1:14 pm
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    Are any persons in this group using the unified modelling language? If yes, could you kindly explain when to use the UML and what the advantages are? I have read some articles, but I'm not able to ...
    Aug 17, 1999 at 1:57 pm
    Sep 3, 1999 at 3:28 am
  • Hi there. Lately, i've been thinking about Python. While it is an exceptionally clean language, it has one very obvious wart: The ``pass'' statement. To quote the reference manual: pass is a null ...
    Aug 23, 1999 at 9:32 pm
    Aug 27, 1999 at 5:42 pm
  • I'm a recent convert to Python and would love to see its credibility heightened and its use in the mainstream increased. Python seems to have what it takes to become *the* general purpose programming ...
    John LandahlJohn Landahl
    Aug 19, 1999 at 12:15 am
    Aug 23, 1999 at 5:56 pm
  • Thanks for the help. Still left me with a lot of questions but I think I have better direction. What is a troll by the way?
    Daryl ZeroDaryl Zero
    Aug 20, 1999 at 11:02 pm
    Aug 31, 1999 at 8:48 pm
  • I was wondering what is the diffrence between python and perl and what can you do with perl scripts and cgi on the web?
    Daryl ZeroDaryl Zero
    Aug 20, 1999 at 5:21 pm
    Aug 23, 1999 at 11:21 am
  • I have thought this was broken for years, but I just read it again tonight, and I'm not going to pass over it in silence this time: "Do not import this module directly. Instead, import the module os, ...
    Dan ConnollyDan Connolly
    Aug 17, 1999 at 4:58 am
    Aug 19, 1999 at 10:00 am
  • If I want to replace all non-printable characters in a string with a single space, what would be the best way? Do I need to loop over the entire string character by character checking the ord() value ...
    Jeff BlaineJeff Blaine
    Aug 15, 1999 at 8:54 pm
    Aug 17, 1999 at 7:47 am
  • I have two python modules, both of which need to refer to classes defined in the other one. How do I do this? I am currently putting at the start of each module a line of the form: from ...
    Phil HuntPhil Hunt
    Aug 8, 1999 at 1:28 am
    Aug 8, 1999 at 9:30 pm
  • There has been a bit of discussion lately regarding the buffer interface to objects in the C API. Some of this has been on the main list (comp.lang.python) and some has been on other Python-related ...
    Fred L. Drake, Jr.Fred L. Drake, Jr.
    Aug 5, 1999 at 2:30 am
    Aug 12, 1999 at 1:56 pm
  • Does anyone know how to tell if Tk has already instaniated a Toplevel window? I want to be able to open several Toplevel windows in any order. Something like: def makeNewWindow(): if defaulttoplevel ...
    Stuart ReynoldsStuart Reynolds
    Aug 19, 1999 at 8:55 pm
    Aug 25, 1999 at 4:42 am
  • I'm having fun watching tchrist learn python. I learned perl from Tom back in '90 or so. Anyway... I said my piece on perl v.s python back in '96, and I don't have much to add since then: Subject: ...
    Dan ConnollyDan Connolly
    Aug 20, 1999 at 7:32 am
    Aug 21, 1999 at 12:42 pm
  • I have been interested in using Python to program simulated swarms of interacting agents. For this purpose, I have implemented what I call "microthreads" in Python, modifying Python's virtual ...
    Will WareWill Ware
    Aug 1, 1999 at 3:36 am
    Aug 13, 1999 at 7:42 pm
  • Do you guys think I could squeeze a linux kernel and a python interpreter onto a floppy disk? I'm concerned that the interpreter might use some gigantic shared libraries ... This will be for a web ...
    Daniel GoertzenDaniel Goertzen
    Aug 26, 1999 at 4:41 pm
    Sep 22, 1999 at 4:51 pm
  • I was playing around with the command line and discovered that when I enter 2 to the 30th power, I get a number back...when I enter 2 to the 31st power I get an overflow error. Is 2 to the 30th power ...
    David OppenheimerDavid Oppenheimer
    Aug 30, 1999 at 6:00 am
    Sep 10, 1999 at 2:05 pm
  • I am curious about the opinions of Python community members on the following issue: I believe that Python's libraries are in many places too thin of a layer on top of the C library and are thus not ...
    Paul PrescodPaul Prescod
    Aug 26, 1999 at 5:33 pm
    Aug 30, 1999 at 6:05 pm
  • I have been writing an application using the cgi module, and am somewhat confused as to why data is returned in FieldStorage or MiniField storage objects, why not just return it in a plain ...
    Ian ClarkeIan Clarke
    Aug 6, 1999 at 3:52 pm
    Aug 12, 1999 at 4:28 pm
  • Ok, as I've noted in some earlier posts, I have nasty tendency of prototyping some protocols in Python for occassional implementation in more 'robust' 'commercially feasible' languages. I've ran at ...
    Markus StenbergMarkus Stenberg
    Aug 3, 1999 at 8:38 am
    Aug 6, 1999 at 5:25 pm
  • Under Red Hat 5.x I use to call the file pippo.py as $ python pippo.py I would like to call it as $ ./pippo.py by writing the first line #!/usr/bin/python but it gave me "access denied" message. The ...
    Aug 31, 1999 at 12:48 pm
    Sep 4, 1999 at 3:55 am
  • I thought some of you might be interested in Dan Shafer's latest piece on Builder.Com. It's a nice bit of PR for Python and might raise its visibility a little more in the Web app development world. ...
    Kris J. ZaragozaKris J. Zaragoza
    Aug 20, 1999 at 5:38 am
    Sep 3, 1999 at 1:22 am
  • I am trying to produce POST requests within python (to drive a web based email client). I can do GET requests, but can understand how to do post. I have read RFC1945 (Informational), but I can find ...
    Phil WisePhil Wise
    Aug 31, 1999 at 5:59 pm
    Sep 2, 1999 at 3:16 pm
  • Hi, I needed to do some system programming, and at first tried to use Perl. Although I've used Perl for years, this documentation page forced me to give Python a try for it: ...
    Robb ShecterRobb Shecter
    Aug 19, 1999 at 11:55 am
    Aug 19, 1999 at 6:39 pm
  • Is it just me, or is the way Tk organizes things on the window someone weird? I'm just starting to play around with it, and it has me puzzled. Wouldnt it be a lot easier to just use a coordinte ...
    Orlando VazquezOrlando Vazquez
    Aug 12, 1999 at 10:42 pm
    Aug 16, 1999 at 10:21 pm
  • Why doesn't ./configure set up for a libpython.so.1.5.2 or whatever? Also does anyone understand how the RH setup knows where the .py & .so files will be stored? -- Robin Becker
    Robin BeckerRobin Becker
    Aug 6, 1999 at 1:31 am
    Aug 9, 1999 at 9:09 am
  • Some "Python as teaching language" emphasis in my recent posts to elsewhere. For those of you wanting to see how I'm using Python with polyhedra, check out: ...
    Kirby UrnerKirby Urner
    Aug 23, 1999 at 8:16 pm
    Aug 25, 1999 at 10:49 pm
  • I doubt anyone have missed that Ted Nelson's Xanadu, the original hypertext system, has finally been released as open source: http://www.udanax.com/ what Python has to do with it? well, go to the ...
    Fredrik LundhFredrik Lundh
    Aug 25, 1999 at 8:03 am
    Aug 25, 1999 at 6:21 pm
  • Has anyone built an RPM for Python 1.5.2 ? I think it's sort of curious that RedHat hasn't already. Anyway, I'm building my own package right now, but I'm afraid I might be wasting my time.... Dave ...
    David YoungDavid Young
    Aug 8, 1999 at 7:37 pm
    Aug 24, 1999 at 7:54 am
  • Hello everyone.... I'm thinking of writing a Python program to download email from web-based services such as Yahoo mail, Deja, Hotmail, and so on, and deliever the mail in a format that standard ...
    Preston LandersPreston Landers
    Aug 5, 1999 at 5:20 pm
    Aug 21, 1999 at 6:48 pm
  • In most languages, 'if' has a distinguished status, of a statement or a special syntax form. One wonders whether 'if' can be a regular function. This question has a particular relevance to Python as ...
    Aug 19, 1999 at 10:31 pm
    Aug 20, 1999 at 5:01 pm
  • I was wondering how often most python programmers make use of that remarkably nifty property of the logical operators, in which they produce not merely 0 or 1, but the value is last looked at when it ...
    Tom ChristiansenTom Christiansen
    Aug 14, 1999 at 9:52 pm
    Aug 18, 1999 at 3:20 am
  • I want to generate a dummy event from within a program. Then bind a callback to this event. How do I do that? In straight tk, it would be something like: event generate parent_window <<foo How about ...
    Aug 31, 1999 at 1:46 am
    Sep 2, 1999 at 6:02 pm
  • Any one know if there is such a beast
    Jacques OosthuizenJacques Oosthuizen
    Aug 31, 1999 at 7:16 am
    Sep 2, 1999 at 12:06 am
  • I'm writing a small program that needs to be able to decode a RADIUS packet obtained from a snoop trace. I'd like to do it in Python 'cause its just such a darn handy little programming language. My ...
    Bit NikBit Nik
    Aug 24, 1999 at 6:35 pm
    Aug 24, 1999 at 8:44 pm
  • Well, there is the cgi.py module, which is basically form parsing, etc. For HTML formatting, you can use HTMLgen, which I think is what you probably have in mind. See the contributed modules section ...
    Mark NottinghamMark Nottingham
    Aug 15, 1999 at 6:40 am
    Aug 16, 1999 at 10:12 pm
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