More random python observations from a perl programmer

Tom Christiansen tchrist at
Thu Aug 19 16:05:24 EDT 1999

     [courtesy cc of this posting mailed to cited author]

In comp.lang.python, 
    Guido van Rossum <guido at> writes:
:Please let the issue go.  As we say, you are welcome to fix it
:yourself.  We'd even accept a Perl script that turns our latex (soon
:to be SGML or XML) into man page format.

I tend to answer every criticism instead of letting it settle
in and saying one answer once.  This is sub-optimal.

Your wishes shall be granted--if I can; I'll certainly try.

:Since you're an O'Reilly author, I'm surprised you didn't base your
:(otherwise excellent) Perl/Python guide on the much more recent (April
:99) Learning Python by Mark Lutz and David Ascher.  It would have
:saved you a whole bunch of pitfalls.

I couldn't find it when I was looking on the way to the desert.  I could
only find the first one, so that's the one I took with me!  I'm not sure
whether I have the other one still, or whether one of my random visitors
absconded with it.

"All mainstream science was once heresy."
				- Gould

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