(slightly OT): Python and linux - very cool

Steve Holden sholden at holdenweb.com
Fri Aug 2 17:31:33 CEST 2002


"TuxTrax" <TuxTrax at fortress.tuxnet.net> wrote in message
news:slrnakjo24.ocs.TuxTrax at fortress.tuxnet...
> On Thu, 01 Aug 2002 15:21:04 GMT, Mike Wrote in
> Steve Ballmers hair grease:
>
> > "TuxTrax" <TuxTrax at fortress.tuxnet.net> wrote in message
> > news:slrnakhuhq.la6.TuxTrax at fortress.tuxnet...
> >
> > FWIW, with the exception of a modification nntpserver definition,
> >
> >> nntpserver  = "news.yourserver.com"
> >
> > this code runs as-is on my W2k machine. I know you're probably not
> > interested
>
> Actually, I am. Very interested. I think it is outstanding the way
> python is such an (easily)  cross platform language. Write
> it on linux, run it on windows! Why, I think that is very cool!
>
> I am a linux man. That dosen't make me a snob, just for the record. I
> know people still use windows, and for some very good reasons. And I
> know that if I write software that anyone else will be using, (even if
> it is just for fun) I want it to run on as many platforms as possible
> with a minimum of fuss. Ain't python grand!
>
> > , but there's a very nice Python distribution for Windows from
> > ActiveState.
>
> Actually, I just downloaded the python distro for windows from the
> python site. It was very simple to install, and includes all the
> standard stuff. works great on the NT system at work. I play with it
> on my lunch break.
>
> Don't know about the activestate stuff.
>
> > One wonders how your code would look in some other languages. In Perl,
of
> > course, it would be an unreadable mess
>
> I understand Perl was one of the reasons that Guido decided to write
> his own language. True?
>
> Perl does tend to lack a certain............  asthetic quality, dosen't
it?
>
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Just out of interest, you may wish to compare your code with

    http://pydish.holdenweb.com/pwp/chp5notes.htm

which uses the XOVER command to retrieve news posting details rather faster.

I'm pleased you are so enthusiastic about Python, it's a good language which
deserves support.

regards
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