[Baypiggies] Frequently Argued Objections

Seth Friedman sfseth at gmail.com
Sat Jun 21 02:20:21 CEST 2008

Thanks for the PyPi tip.   I will definitely look, I just didn't know of it
prior to this thread.   Which does speak to your point about the relative
marketing prowess of the different communities - perhaps the lack of
marketing of the python community is something that subconsciously appealed
to me.  :)


On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Alex Martelli <aleax at google.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:19 AM, Shannon -jj Behrens <jjinux at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> - Why such difficulty with extensibility?
> >>
> >> OK, there are cases that are valid, I don't know of a library that I can
> >> natively read an OODoc spreadsheet in python where that exists in perl
> for
> What about http://pypi.python.org/pypi/OOoPy/1.4.4873 ?
> >> enough", and maybe there's no good-enough OODoc python library yet.
> There are many (look on PyPi for OpenOffice) but I have had no need to
> use any of them so I don't know whether they're "good enough" (but why
> shouldn't they be? parsing XML from a zipfile is hardly rocket
> science...).
> >> Still, in terms of discovery, perl has CPAN, and perl folks seem to like
> >> ...  well no, they seem to tolerate it.     Does Python need an improved
> >> CPAN?
>    ...
> >> Still, I get "poor extensibility" as a top critique of python probably
> more
> >> than anything else these days.
> >
> > The Python version of CPAN is PyPI.  "easy_install whatever" will
> Yep, it's really weird to see PyPi totally ignored in such "critiques".
> I guess this boils down to the Python community as a whole being
> really bad at marketing, even compared to the Perl one, much less the
> Ruby one (the latter being great at it).
> Alex
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