design patterns in python

Dinu Gherman dinu at
Fri Jul 13 08:24:25 EDT 2001

On Wed, 13 Jun 2001 11:49:14 -0400, "raskol" <raskol at>

>Hey folks,
>Being interested in looking at (and understanding) design patterns [GOF] in
>python... and having gone through the obligatory google searches etc.. I am
>still somewhat frustrated by the lack of currently available information
>relating to this specific subject. I mean there ARE some smatterings of
>implementation and insight, but as of now there is no single source for
>python patterns that has developed anything like authoritative mass or
>actually succeeded in 'comprehensively' covering the patterns in GOF book.
>Being a newbie, still a minor snakelet, I was wondering if there would be
>interest in an effort by some of the more lucid pythonistas out there to
>contribute their offerings to some central source: say the python cookbook
>or sourceforge or whatever. twould be a great service to the community!
>BTW I found this to be a useful link for an overview of the situation:

Well, there used to be a Python Pattern-SIG:

At some point Guido shot it down, because it was too silent 
and, in fact, it wasn't producing anything useful like a Python 
Catalog of Python Idioms, Pattern and Frameworks, which, 
in retrospect, it should have had as a real mission statement, 
I guess.

Back then it was said that pattern issues were discussed in 
a sufficient manner on comp.lang.python. I'm still not so happy 
with that, because this is a place to get easily lost, but YMMV
and there are other sigs with only very few messages per month.

Hmm, maybe someone wants to get it going again?!


Dinu C. Gherman
dinu at reportlab dot com
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