[Python-Dev] Tutorial: Brief Introduction to the Standard Libary
gerrit at nl.linux.org
Thu Nov 27 12:44:30 EST 2003
Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> I'm adding section to the tutorial with a brief sampling of library
> offerings and some short examples of how to use them.
I think it's a great idea.
> My first draft included:
> copy, glob, shelve, pickle, os, re, math/cmath, urllib, smtplib
> - csv (basic tool for sharing data with other applications)
> - datetime (comes up frequently in real apps and admin tasks)
> - ftplib (because the examples are so brief)
> - getopt or optparse (because the task is common)
If one of those is chosen, I'd go for the latter, because it can do
more and it's more OO.
> - operator (because otherwise, the functionals can be a PITA)
> - pprint (because beauty counts)
> - struct (because fixed record layouts are common)
> - threading/Queue (because without direction people grab thread and
Hm, not sure whether this should be in the tutorial.
> - timeit (because it answers most performance questions in a jiffy)
> - unittest (because TDD folks like myself live by it)
- email (because it's impressive and common)
- textwrap (because I love it :) and it's useful)
But of course, it should stay a tutorial, and not become a reference.
Users are intelligent enough to skim through the standard library
looking for libraries. We should make a selection. Maybe some of them
should only be pointed to, without going into detail about how to use
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