Wanted: Python White Papers

Gilles Lenfant glenfant at equod.com.nospam
Wed Dec 20 00:08:18 CET 2000

Our previous application mailer (builds text messages and sends them through
an SMTP server) was built using WebObjects (java) application server.
It samples periodially the database and builds/sends plain text messages
built from new database records.

- It's only capable of text/plain messages.
- It "eats" about 34 Mb of RAM, and ALWAYS (works as a daemon).
- No alarm possible when the SMTP server is down and marks messages as sent.
- Sometimes... Dr. Watson is coming :((

I made a Python workaround within 4 day (I was a Python newbie)
- Makes plain text and html pretty multipart mail (very easy).
- Uses 2 Mb and only when working.
- About 30% less source code.
- Can detect when SMTP is down and tries to send the mails later.
- Never seen Dr. Watson.
- But about 40% more process time for the same thing (but it's 12 seconds
every hour).

I'm definitely convicted to use of Java or C only when nothing else is

This is my Whitepaper :))

Go to www.zope.org . There are links to big companies which Web sites are
powered by zope/python.

I know that in France, lots of IT project managers don't like to use open
source products because no open source project sales people will invite them
to the restaurant ;-)

<noahspurrier at my-deja.com> a écrit dans le message news:
91oj8v$i0r$1 at nnrp1.deja.com...
> Is anyone aware of any white papers to explain the use of Python
> at any big, high-profile companies?
> I'm trying to use a "look-how-these-cool-companies-use-python"
> argument to defend the use of Python for a project. That won't be my
> only argument, of course :-) But currently Python is not winning many
> management converts here based solely on its technical merits.
> Many still say, "What's Python? Never heard of it...". It helps
> a lot when I say "Google uses it!", but it would help more if I
> knew HOW it is used and WHY.
> Actually, the only high-profile company that uses Python that I
> can think of is Google. Is anyone familiar with their architecture?
> How does Python fit into their design?
> Is there anyone out there from Google that can represent Google's use
> of Python? What are Google's plans for the future of Python in their
> architecture? I heard that they might be switching to Java.
> Yours,
> Noah Spurrier
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> http://www.deja.com/

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