Is Python Dead?

Joe Potter jm7potter at
Thu Jul 5 17:46:38 CEST 2001

On Thu, 5 Jul 2001 11:29:46 -0400, "Steve Holden" <sholden at> wrote:

>"Resty Cena" <rcena at> wrote in message
>news:458b194a.0107050711.72007607 at
>> "Edward B. Wilson II" <ed at> wrote in message
>news:<MNS%6.355$Xs4.225014 at>...
>> > I have been following Python for five years now, and I am still just as
>> > frustrated with it as I was in 1996.
>> >
>> > Python still doesn't have good database support,
>> I, too, have been following Python since 1996, waiting all the while
>> to make it easy for me to do database programming. What I'd call good
>> database support is where I download a file or set of files into a
>> directory under my Python directory, perhaps run an install program,
>> then start Python, import a package, issue a command to connect to
>> Oracle, and start playing around with the scott/tiger database. I
>> don't want, nor do I have the time, to compile anything, nor muck
>> around with the Windows registry, nor manually set paths -- I just
>> want to try the product, not install it for production use. Ideally,
>> I'd like the IDE to do this for me. I'm a database programmer, and I
>> want to write applications right away. I'm also lazy and I expect much
>> from my tools.
>Of course, one of the reasons why support isn't better is the huge ratio of
>consumers to producers. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but most of the
>best parts of Python have been the results of individuals providing what
>they needed for their own purposes and then opening up the resulting code.
>Continue to sit on your hands by all means. What you need should be along in
>another five years or so. But simply posting to complain that things aren't
>as you want is unlikely to change in the next six months what nothing else
>has changed in the last five years.
>There are lots of people doing much good database work with Python. The
>mxODBC package (free for non-commerical use) and the cx_Oracle package
>(free) do indeed let you do what you describe (i.e. download, unpack, run an
>install script and connect to a database). So I suggest you look a little
>harder and complain a little less. Normally I try to include URLs in
>postings such as this, but you know, somehow I get the impression that
>clicking on a link in a news posting might just be too much trouble ;-)
>Come on in, the water's lovely.
> Steve

Spot on, Steve.

Regards, Joe

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