[Fwd: o'reilly python devcenter]

Ivan Van Laningham ivanlan at callware.com
Tue Apr 18 23:44:22 CEST 2000


Hi All--
Dennis Hamilton, in this forwarded letter, has kindly corrected my
misapprehensions regarding O'Reilly's Python Devcenter.  However, he
replied only to me, so I attach his response for your collective
delight.

But, regarding point 3 (books), Dennis says:

> 3) Why would they do that?  You can do that and perhaps be seen to have
> objectivity in providing it.  I would not expect O'Reilly to promote the
> books of others.  Would you?  (Expect it or use your own site to do it?)
> There is already python.org and starship, yes?

Actually, I _would_ expect O'Reilly to well, not exactly promote, but
certainly _mention_ worthwhile books from other publishers.  They can
certainly afford it, and it would do nothing except bolster their
already exemplary reputation.


Dennis also asks,

> Regarding hard sell, what were you looking at?

Well, since I was so wrong about the other points, this really doesn't
hold water anymore.  My opinion that it was "hard sell" was based on the
(incorrect) presumption that they were trying to control everything
Python.  That made me cranky.  Since they're not, I withdraw all
complaints but number three (which is a vestige of its former self).

<now-where'd-i-put-that-recipe-for-veggie-crow-pie?>-ly y'rs,
Ivan
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