(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,
> > 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
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Just out of interest, you may wish to compare your code with


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.

Steve Holden                                 http://www.holdenweb.com/
Python Web Programming                http://pydish.holdenweb.com/pwp/

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