Is Python Dead? Long Live Python!

Peter Hansen peter at
Fri Jul 13 02:22:02 EDT 2001

Paul Prescod wrote:
> Peter Hansen wrote:
> >
> > ... I can't believe Python will
> > end up with the volume of five-inch thick books that PHP and
> > its ilk have barfed forth.
> I still think that you have too much faith that the actual technical
> features of the topic have any real effect on the structure of the books
> (or the market). Once you move past the first ten books written by
> zealots and early adopters, the rest are written by people like "the
> Deitels" who have a structure and are looking for content to pour into
> it.

Believe me, after reading Philip Greenspun's article, I no longer
have faith of any kind in publishing, except that the industry 
exists largely to serve itself and that we should find ways to
support online publishing (by authors!) and make it sustainable.

I agree with what you're saying for the most part.  I'm just
looking for some sign that with Python, it's "different."  
Up until now, for me it's been the fact that of those first ten
Python books, only about two were a total waste of dead trees.
(Specifically, the "24 Hours" book, and ... hmmm, maybe that's
only one out of ten. :-)

Peter Hansen, P.Eng.
peter at

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