Python Patterns

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Wed Oct 6 08:57:39 CEST 2004

Dave Pawson <davep at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 22:56, Alex Martelli wrote:
> > Yep -- I've been writing about DPs with/for Python for years now (that's
> > the invariable background to almost all of my conference talks &c, check
> > most of them out at, and one day (once I'm done doing
> > 2nd editions of cookbooks and nutshells;-) I hope to write a book about
> > that 
> Wouldn't it be nice if there was a wiki to collect them on Alex!

There's a great wiki on Patterns (indeed I think it was historically the
first one -- the Portland Patterns Repository, I believe) and I'm sure
they're not language bigots, so one could try going there.

Personally, I'm smack in the middle of editing/coordinating/writing a
multi-authors book for the 2nd time -- indeed, the Python Cookbook is
rather exceptional in the extent of its multi-authorness! -- and I'm not
keen for a 3rd run... it's fascinating but also a mess.  Just imagine
one contributor not answering mail (to send a proper intellectual
property release when asked), or deciding he doesn't want to after all,
holding up the whole project... *shudder*.  And, with a Wiki, authorship
of each word, each sentence may be even harder to trace.

I think I'll do the book myself, or with one well-identified co-author,
though of course I'll put up pieces in more discursive form to get
feedback &c...


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