Software archeology (was Re: Developing Commercial Applications in Python)

Stephen Waterbury golux at
Fri Jan 7 23:45:51 EST 2005

Aahz wrote:
> In article <mailman.260.1105025818.22381.python-list at>,
> Stephen Waterbury  <golux at> wrote:
>>>eeykay at writes:
>>>>Can somebody there to point me any good commercial applications
>>>>developed using python ?
>>Also see Python Success Stories:
>>A notable example is Verity's search engine -- see
> Actually, your statement is slightly inaccurate.  The Verity search
> engine is more than fifteen years old in its core technology; it was
> started as a LISP project at IIRC MIT.  (At one point I was much amused
> to look at the C source code and find car() and cdr() functions.)  As of
> my last information, Python isn't used at all in or with the Verity
> search engine.  What you're referring to is the Verity Ultraseek engine,
> originally written and owned by Infoseek before getting transferred to
> Verity through a series of dot-bomb transactions.  The Ultraseek engine
> doesn't use Python, but Python is used to control the engine, and I think
> much of the spider is written in Python.

Actually, Aahz didn't add anything useful that wasn't explained
better in the article itself, pointing to which was the purpose
of my post, but he is correct:  Python was *not* used to write
the Verity search engine ... how the hell do these stupid rumors
get started anyhow?? ;).  Just read the article, dammit!  :)


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