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  • I am strongly opposed to the intent of PEP 240. I would prefer the literal floats to remain. Let those that want infinite precision pay the price by adding an 'R' to their literals. This PEP seems ...
    Robin BeckerRobin Becker
    May 29, 2001 at 9:33 am
    Jun 4, 2001 at 10:32 pm
  • Hello! What is below is a half-baked proposal for new built-in Python operation. If anybody wants to raise this flag again and fill gaps, please do so. (I have not studied PEP howto much, so probably ...
    Roman SuziRoman Suzi
    May 8, 2001 at 7:44 am
    May 17, 2001 at 11:58 am
  • Datapoint: Most people in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the University of Toronto were not in the computer science program because they wanted to become academics, computer scientists, but rather ...
    Laura CreightonLaura Creighton
    May 9, 2001 at 11:53 am
    May 16, 2001 at 1:49 pm
  • I found Python's "break" and "continue" perfectly natural. Not only is Fortran my computational mother tongue, I had a possibly confounding background in Ratfor (which uses "break" and "next" so that ...
    Mark JacksonMark Jackson
    May 8, 2001 at 2:35 pm
    May 12, 2001 at 12:48 am
  • Hi All, I will be writing a program that needs to be accessible over the web that will seek to manipulate objects in three dimensions through the access of an oracle database. I could be manipulating ...
    Jacqueline L. SpiegelJacqueline L. Spiegel
    May 31, 2001 at 4:25 pm
    Jul 9, 2001 at 3:31 am
  • I read Paul Graham's excellent article (http://www.paulgraham.com/paulgraham/avg.html) on using LISP to write what became the Yahoo!Stores website. One of the central points is that there are some ...
    Richard P. MullerRichard P. Muller
    May 14, 2001 at 3:34 pm
    May 25, 2001 at 5:32 pm
  • The following script tests appending to a list and to a string. def AppendTest(listorstring): for i in range(0, 100): for x in range(0, 2000): listorstring += " " print i AppendTest([]) ...
    Helen DawsonHelen Dawson
    May 22, 2001 at 5:38 am
    Jun 5, 2001 at 5:59 am
  • Here's a revised version of the Iterator PEP (started by Ping). I plan to make this a standard language feature in Python 2.2. Everything described here is already available from the current CVS tree ...
    Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
    May 1, 2001 at 3:26 am
    May 7, 2001 at 5:46 pm
  • Hello, Can these be used by a server process that wants to simultaneous keep sockets open to multiple clients? The reason that I ask this is because, unlike with command/response client/server ...
    Ron JohnsonRon Johnson
    May 7, 2001 at 6:55 am
    May 11, 2001 at 5:26 pm
  • What does floor() do? This is all I get from the python web site: floor (x) Return the floor of x as a real. Doesn't help much if you don't know what floor means!
    May 15, 2001 at 11:36 pm
    May 31, 2001 at 5:57 am
  • I am interested in Python, not because it looks cool - but precisely the opposite. My first impressions of Python were that it was going to be something like MatLab (horrors!) or BASIC (GASP!) So I ...
    Jonathan GardnerJonathan Gardner
    May 22, 2001 at 10:09 pm
    May 31, 2001 at 5:37 am
  • ... now available from <http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/python/quick-ref2_0.html . Inaccuracies, omissions and any other comments should be reported to me at <sbrunning at bigfoot.com . A version ...
    Simon BrunningSimon Brunning
    May 16, 2001 at 1:35 pm
    May 25, 2001 at 7:45 pm
  • I had a particular class which inherited from two base classes, and I wanted to change it so there would be two flavors of it, which differed only in one of the base classes. Initially, it looked ...
    Clarence GardnerClarence Gardner
    May 22, 2001 at 1:36 am
    May 23, 2001 at 12:24 pm
  • Over on the comp.lang.c++ newsgroup (crossposted to the comp.lang.java group) there was a challenge to read in a large file, sort the lines lexigraphically, and write them out to a file. The argument ...
    E. Mark PingE. Mark Ping
    May 1, 2001 at 9:14 pm
    May 7, 2001 at 3:38 pm
  • What's a good Python editor for programming under Windows, specifically Windows 2000? According to Google archives it seems this question hasn't been asked in awhile. -- Cheers, www.3DProgrammer.com ...
    Brandon J. Van EveryBrandon J. Van Every
    May 4, 2001 at 1:21 am
    Jun 8, 2001 at 11:34 am
  • What is the consensus about mixing tabs and spaces in a Python script? Don't people find it plain annoying to come across a bunch of scripts where the author has obviously used a tabsize of 8 ...
    May 1, 2001 at 2:52 pm
    Jun 3, 2001 at 5:33 pm
  • Is there any way to speed up the following code? Speed doesn't matter terribly much to me but this seems to be a fair example of what I need to do. In the real data, I will be able to have a large ...
    Chris GreenChris Green
    May 24, 2001 at 10:10 pm
    Jun 1, 2001 at 8:18 pm
  • "Roman Suzi" <rnd at onego.ru wrote in message news:mailman.989396953.4721.python-list at python.org... ... I disagree. Inclusive-lower-bound, exclusive-upper-bound is a VERY important and useful ...
    Alex MartelliAlex Martelli
    May 9, 2001 at 10:01 am
    May 22, 2001 at 7:14 pm
  • Python allows the use of spaces or tabs (but not both!) to indent with. I think this was a mistake. I think tabs should be forced at the beginning of lines, and spaces should be forced after the ...
    Ken PeekKen Peek
    May 27, 2001 at 5:52 pm
    Jun 2, 2001 at 1:46 am
  • Has anyone (reading this) had experience with running Python under both Windows and Linux/Unix on the same machine (or equivalent machines)? If so, have you noticed any advantages either way? (Other ...
    Terry ReedyTerry Reedy
    May 17, 2001 at 8:02 pm
    May 29, 2001 at 8:17 am
  • Is this feature, which I think is kinda cool, going to be phased out or continually supported? Also, the chaining of the comparison operators is really cool. It is very inviting for us folks who have ...
    Jonathan GardnerJonathan Gardner
    May 31, 2001 at 12:49 am
    Jun 19, 2001 at 8:22 pm
  • I want a neat way to turn keys = ('foo', 'bar') values = (1, 2) into dict = {'foo': 1, 'bar': 2}. I'm sure there's some (possibly-functional) idiom to do this in one simple line, but I'm totally ...
    Andrew StribblehillAndrew Stribblehill
    May 24, 2001 at 9:21 am
    May 29, 2001 at 8:49 am
  • Hi All, Anybody use variables/names longer than 31 character and finds it really useful ? Then please respond why, where, when. I have folks here in comp.lang.fortran who will die claiming that they ...
    May 25, 2001 at 11:29 pm
    Jun 1, 2001 at 11:09 pm
  • There doesn't seem to be a "swap" function in Python two swap the values of two variables. I was wondering why this is. Unfortunately writing a generic swap function swap(a,b) with no return type in ...
    Bolton, Gawain [ADC:4808:EXCH]Bolton, Gawain [ADC:4808:EXCH]
    May 30, 2001 at 2:57 pm
    Jun 5, 2001 at 2:40 pm
  • The more I use Python, the more I wonder why it hasn't taken the wind out of Java's sails? Now, don't get me wrong, I love Java, but I have found I am at least twice as productive in Python than ...
    Mark HMark H
    May 23, 2001 at 7:53 pm
    Jun 7, 2001 at 12:20 pm
  • Hi, I am a newbie python programmer who ended up in programming without much previous experience in this field. My team wrote a small system in python (not understanding objects at all - it is ...
    Hanna JooHanna Joo
    May 14, 2001 at 9:21 pm
    May 16, 2001 at 7:47 am
  • Lets give python a new type. We will call it money. And we will tell people to use that. And under float, we will suggest strongly that people are most likely to want to use the type money rather ...
    Laura CreightonLaura Creighton
    May 31, 2001 at 1:36 pm
    Jun 8, 2001 at 11:24 am
  • How to Read/Write RTF and Word Files? Any suggestions on modules or code which will allow reading and writing of the above? Thanks
    Dry IceDry Ice
    May 19, 2001 at 6:23 pm
    May 27, 2001 at 1:29 pm
  • Not really. Guido's made no promise to listen to said commitee. He can be persuaded by it, but doesn't have to be. I think/hope most people involved are aware of the risks. Cheers, M. -- Our ...
    Michael HudsonMichael Hudson
    May 1, 2001 at 10:24 pm
    May 9, 2001 at 6:59 pm
  • Hello, I was wondering if, given a list [1,2,3], one can generate its power set? thanks, Roey Katz
    Roy KatzRoy Katz
    May 25, 2001 at 1:57 pm
    May 30, 2001 at 1:09 pm
  • Well since Guido does have in his possession a time machine, we have less to worry about. Take for example the Bus Scenario.. well he can simply (and easily) discover when said bus and he would have ...
    May 9, 2001 at 1:05 pm
    May 14, 2001 at 10:43 am
  • That's what we were hearing a couple of years ago from our large corporate customers. The IT departments all wanted to move from unix to NT, despite the screaming and moaning from researchers. I ...
    Andrew DalkeAndrew Dalke
    May 9, 2001 at 6:37 pm
    May 15, 2001 at 6:34 pm
  • D The Pascal-ish inequality operator ('< ') has effectively been D deprecated in favor of the Algol-ish (C-ish) inequality D operator ('!='). D I don't believe it will be removed from the compiler ...
    Lulu of the Lotus-EatersLulu of the Lotus-Eaters
    May 31, 2001 at 4:11 pm
    Jun 19, 2001 at 4:15 pm
  • Pythoneers, Anyone implement any "messaging" services in Python yet? I've been reading about JMS, which I don't want to use, it being Java, after all. But point-to-point and publish/subscribe ...
    Kendall ClarkKendall Clark
    May 20, 2001 at 5:16 am
    May 25, 2001 at 1:30 pm
  • What do you call the thing that pops up and says `Searching' or something to reassure the user that his computer hasn't crashed and the application is still running? Laura
    Laura CreightonLaura Creighton
    May 28, 2001 at 12:49 pm
    Jun 1, 2001 at 3:45 am
  • The following example gives me an error in PythonWin 2.0. myPath = r'c:\Windows\' It does not like the last BS. However myPath = r'c:\Windows' works fine. Any ideas? Costas
    May 4, 2001 at 2:15 pm
    May 14, 2001 at 9:38 pm
  • Very interesting site benchmarking many different languages w.r.t. performance, memory usage and program size. Highly recommended http://www.bagley.org/~doug/shootout/ Regards Gerrit -- ...
    Gerrit MullerGerrit Muller
    May 8, 2001 at 2:24 pm
    May 9, 2001 at 6:44 pm
  • Hello, What is the equivalent in Python for VB's DoEvents on Windows? Also, is there a similar function for linux/unix systems? Thanks, Scott
    Scott HathawayScott Hathaway
    May 9, 2001 at 11:02 am
    May 14, 2001 at 7:09 am
  • I'm puzzled about the purpose of xrange. My understanding is that it provides a way to iterate over a range of numbers without allocating memory for a large list of numbers in advance, ie. it ...
    John FlynnJohn Flynn
    May 6, 2001 at 5:14 pm
    May 9, 2001 at 7:19 am
  • Hi folks, Prob a question that has started a million arguments (as is OS wars). I'm a Python newbie but an experienced developer. From what I see of Python I like that clarity of vision that a single ...
    Ross DawsonRoss Dawson
    May 14, 2001 at 9:04 am
    May 24, 2001 at 11:29 am
  • Good morning, For one of my classes (machine learning, actually) I'm going to do an experiment. One of the jobs that I should tackle is segmenting a dataset. The total set is 10000 items big. First I ...
    Bas van GilsBas van Gils
    May 30, 2001 at 7:59 am
    May 31, 2001 at 11:52 pm
  • I'm just starting to look at Python as a language but there's one thing that is bothering me regarding using it for large projects and that's the ease with which I can put in a simple typo and not ...
    Alan PrescottAlan Prescott
    May 17, 2001 at 4:59 pm
    May 20, 2001 at 1:53 pm
  • This is almost embarrasing to have to ask this but I can't seem to find this information. Given an integer, 12345, how to format this to 123.45 ? Thanks, Dan Klein
    Daniel KleinDaniel Klein
    May 1, 2001 at 11:13 pm
    May 2, 2001 at 8:36 am
  • When I download the Redhat RPMs from Python.org, I keep getting an error that ther following libraries are required: libssl.so.0 libcrypto.so.0 Any ideas how to get these packages, I tried ...
    May 23, 2001 at 1:37 am
    Jun 18, 2001 at 11:05 pm
  • is it right that there is no "do .... loop until"-construct in python ? if yes, why ? i know you can simulate such a loop with a "while ..."-construct. yours, uwe -- Uwe.Schmitt at num.uni-sb.de ...
    Uwe SchmittUwe Schmitt
    May 10, 2001 at 10:25 pm
    May 28, 2001 at 10:00 pm
  • I have just migrated from Win98 over to Linux. My programming platform under Win98 was VB. Now in Linux, I have decided to program using the Python platform. I have bought myself a get started book ...
    Peter MoscattPeter Moscatt
    May 22, 2001 at 6:51 am
    May 24, 2001 at 2:38 pm
  • Does anyone know what the "class" argument -- arg 3 -- to new.instancemethod is for? 'Create a instance method object from (FUNCTION, INSTANCE, CLASS).' Although it is mandatory, it doesn't seem to ...
    May 10, 2001 at 8:28 pm
    May 19, 2001 at 11:03 am
  • Using Python 2.1 on Win32: int( (2.3 - 2) * 1000 ) = 299 int( .3 * 1000 ) = 300 What am I missing? The first one seems too simple to expect a rounding error :)
    Ben AllfreeBen Allfree
    May 10, 2001 at 2:36 pm
    May 16, 2001 at 6:16 am
  • A while ago I posted a request for people to share their experiences with using Python or Ruby to implement a sizeable software project (i.e. something that would take 10-20K lines of C and Tcl/Tk to ...
    May 1, 2001 at 12:17 am
    May 4, 2001 at 10:33 pm
  • It's absolutely the most thought-out and easy to program language that I have tried (starting with Fortran in the 70's up to Java recently); HOWEVER, I can't get too excited about it until a true ...
    Bill WalkerBill Walker
    May 27, 2001 at 2:35 pm
    Jun 2, 2001 at 2:43 am
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