[Chicago] Help on One Page Python Flyer

Carl Karsten carl at personnelware.com
Thu Oct 18 23:16:25 CEST 2007

Feihong Hsu wrote:
> I've been working for a while now to get the other programmers at my company more interested in Python. I think management is warming up to the idea, so next Friday we'll have an all-day Python training course.
> During the lunch break the programmers who couldn't do the course will have the chance to come into the cafeteria and help us eat the extra food. I would like to make a one page Python flyer that they can read while they're munching on free food. Has anyone done anything similar to this? What kind of stuff should I include on it? 
> We do have a "Why Python" page on our internal wiki, though I think it's kind of lame (I should know, I wrote it). But it's basically all I have that as a starting point for my flyer. I'll paste the text below for people to critique and comment on.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Other "Why Python" Articles
> A lot of smart people have written up their reasons for using Python, and I bet a lot of them are more well written than this one.
>     * Beginners and Experts by Jono DiCarlo
>     * Why the DLR and What is Python Used For? by Michael Foord
>     * Python Answers by Bruce Eckel
>     * Type import this into the Python interpreter to read the "Zen of Python". 
> Python Facts
>     * Python is mature, it's been around since 1989, it has a huge standard library that covers most common programming tasks.
>     * Python is dynamically typed, that means there are no type declarations.
>     * Python uses indentation for blocks of code, the curly braces {} don't mean anything in Python.
>     * Python is a dynamic language, it doesn't need a compiler because everything is interpreted.
>     * Python's interactive interpreter lets you run individual lines of code and immediately see what they do.
>     * Python integrates with .NET. 
> Who Uses Python
>     * Morningstar
>     * Google
>     * Microsoft
>     * Cisco (IronPort - internet security)
>     * O'Reilly
>     * Hewlett-Packard (Tabblo - photographic storytelling)
>     * Canonical (makers of Ubuntu Linux)
>     * VMWare (virtualization)
>     * Sony Imageworks (state-of-the-art visual effects and character animation)
>     * EWT (securities trading)
>     * ...and many more! 
> Interesting Projects Coded in Python
>     * Trac - Software project management and issue tracking.
>     * Review Board - Code reviews are fun again! ...almost.
>     * Bazaar - Distributed source control system.
>     * BitTorrent - Please, I know you know what this is. 
> Python Projects That Are Making a Difference
>     * OLPC - Free laptops for children in third world countries
>     * Chicago Crime - Browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago
>     * The US Congress Votes Database - Browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.
>     * The Open Planning Project - Tools to enhance government transparency and citizen participation.
>     * Pvote, prototype software for voting machines - a voter interaction system focusing on simplicity, openness, and accessibility 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

nice work.   Add a plug for http://us.pycon.org/2008 :)

You should join the  http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/advocacy
list repost this (both request and your work).

Carl K

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