[Edu-sig] Lets work on the adgenda

Dinu C. Gherman gherman@darwin.in-berlin.de
Fri, 11 Feb 2000 11:12:31 +0100

Dustin James Mitchell wrote:
> I am agreeable to keeping charters and agendas and whatnot for the SIG.
> With, of course, the consent and blessing of Mr. Rossum.  I think it is
> crucial that we add a dash of focus to this list which is so obviously
> packed with ideas and good thinking and potential.
> I think we all have our biases, and I will admit I have mine.  If there is
> general approval I will try to make my biases explicit so that you all can
> expect and deal with them.

After so many excellent ideas have been posted to this 
forum there should definitly be some focussing activity
leading to a real agenda. If I dare add some more concrete 
items I'd opt for the following to be at least considered
as potential candidates, listed here in no particular 

- Definition of CP4E target groups more precize than just

- Collection and analysis of requirements (language, tools,
  documentation) of existing and potential Python users in 
  different application domains.

- Evaluation of language/syntax changes to Python for 
  reaching a wider programming audience.

- Evaluation of the need for some (additional) 'downsized' 
  version of Python, say, MiniPython (or MontiPython, to
  avoid copyright issues), if not even PythonScript.

- Evaluation of existing text-books with the goal of
  adapting them to Python instead of other languages.

- Implementation of additional development/usage tools 
  needed for other target groups.

- Evaluation of improvements to existing Python distribu-
  tions for existing and new target groups.

- Generation of (domain-specific?) tutorials and text-
  books based on the experience made by this forum's 

- Underlining the fact that CP4E, as Python, is a 'world 
  movement' and not tied to an American or angle-saxon 
  audience like K-12 or the like.

- Based on the previous item, considering other languages
  than English right from the start.

So long,


Dinu C. Gherman
"The thing about Linux or open software in general is that 
it actually tries to move software from being witchcraft to 
being a science," [...] "A lot of the programs you see today 
are actually put together by shamans, and you just take it and 
if the computer crashes you walk around it three times... and 
maybe it's OK." (Linus Thorvalds, LinuxWorld 2000, NYC)