mention of books & extensions welcome, or...? (was Re: Scripting *of* Python)

Alex Martelli aleax at
Fri Jan 31 18:30:00 CET 2003

<posted & mailed>

I was slightly surprised to read the following...:

Nick Vargish wrote:

> Alex Martelli <aleax at> writes:
>> (Which is why I managed to put in a LITTLE coverage of Twisted,
>> just twisted.internet actually, in "Python in a Nutshell" --
>> which I should be busy proofreading _right now_ rather than
>> skimming -- it should be in bookstores in March...)
> This thread is just full of product placement.
> *grumble*

Is this just an isolated opinion, with most readers still
welcoming mentions and details about Python books and
extension packages; or, has comp.lang.python's consensus
shifted so drastically, so fast, so that such mentions are
now seen as undesirable "product placement"???

I would like to know, because, if the latter is indeed the
case, then I can simply omit posting anything that mentions
any Python book or third-party extension -- e.g. "this is
covered in the Nutshell", "Holden's book has a good example
of this", "twisted.internet is just right for this task", and
the like.  I _would_ find it surprising -- so far I have
always thought that such indications served a useful purpose,
not least because I got very favorable feedback about them --
but, if things have indeed changed, then I'll apologize for
unwittingly causing such disturbance, and avoid giving any
more in the future.

If the grumble is (as I think, based on past impressions
from this group) actually unjustified, then maybe _I_ should
not be the one offering apologies.

So, what's the current consensus...?


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