Is Python Dead?

kosh kosh at
Fri Jul 6 10:55:19 EDT 2001

Kemp Randy-W18971 wrote:

> Old Chinese proverb.  It is better to light one candle then to forever
> curse the darkness.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: philh at [mailto:philh at]
> Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 6:21 PM
> To: python-list at
> Subject: Re: Is Python Dead?
> On 5 Jul 2001 08:11:48 -0700, Resty Cena <rcena at> wrote:
>>"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.
> Then why don't you write one, instead of just complaining that
> the tools available don't work quite how you like?

That is one of the reasons that I use debian with apt-get. There are lots 
of python libraries, documentation etc. apt-get install python-imaging
That will install the Python Imaging Library with no nead to compile etc. 
You can then immediately use it.

I would prefer someting like the database that debian to track all these 
products were to get bigger and more advanced so it would have more 
products. This is what the LSB is trying to do now. They recommend RPM 
right now however they are working on making a new package format that 
should be better then both RPM and DEB when done. Then the whole thing can 
be tied together with a nicer database system then apt is right now.

This way each project doesn't have to create something like CPAN. That 
seems like just reinventing the wheel over and over again. This would make 
it a system wide feature and programs should then plugin to it.

Maybe if windows people were interested they could port it to windows also.

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