The Python Papers Edition One

Jacques Naude jln at
Fri Nov 24 06:33:18 CET 2006

kilnhead wrote:
> I for one like the pdf format. Nothing irks me more than help files in
> multipage HTML. I want a document I can easily download and save.
> Thanks for your efforts.
> tleeuwenburg at wrote:
>> Greetings all,
>> Some of you may have noticed the launch of the Python Journal a while
>> back. Due to artistic differences, the journal has now been re-launched
>> as The Python Papers. It is available under a Creative Commons License,
>> something we felt was appropriate given its nature. Many here commented
>> that this was important to them, and it is important to us also.
>> For a fuller description of what we hope the journal to be, I re-create
>> my inaugural blog posting at the end of this email, or it can be found
>> online here:
>> Some of you had a number of specific points to raise, which I can now
>> answer properly since launching under our own banner.
>> 1.) It takes too many clicks to download.
>> A) We know, but it's like that to save our server. We will be
>> publishing to a number of online archives, back-issues may be
>> back-linkable from those.
>> 2.) Is it free?
>> A) Yes, as in beer and as in freedom. Creative Commons 2.5
>> Noncommercial, attribution, share-alike.
>> 3.) Can I have an HTML version?
>> A) No, we like it pretty.
>> 4.) Why not try (insert favourite thing here)
>> A) We will. Thanks for the fish.
>> " Volume 1, Edition 1 makes history
>> Welcome to The Python Papers. This journal, small though it is,
>> represents the careful efforts of a small group of Python enthusiasts
>> who are keen to form a better community in which developers may work.
>> As Editor-In-Chief, my role is manifold, but my goals are to improve
>> the level of connectedness of Python developers, and in so doing
>> improve my own developer experience.
>> The entire editorial board has put time into making this publication
>> something which will hopefully lead to a buildup of momentum, fuelled
>> by the enthusiastic involvement of others who find Python as exciting
>> as we do.
>> The current issue contains one academic, peer-reviewed article, one
>> industry article, and a list of events coming up in Melbourne,
>> Australia. We would like to expand this list significantly. We offer
>> our services in organising, collating and reviewing submitted content
>> such that Python developers around the world may participate in the
>> creation of something bigger than all of us, for the benefit of all of
>> us. It may be a small journal, a little thing really, but all are
>> welcome, and we look forward to getting to know our readers through the
>> written word.
>> Please download the first edition, and consider both what it is and
>> what it might be.
>> For those of you looking to publish an academic paper as a part of
>> coursework or for interest's sake alone, we can offer a formal review
>> process which will meet those guidelines while preserving the goals of
>> freedom of information and community spirit.
>> Those who are using Python in their work may like to consider using the
>> journal as a means of expressing successes or frustrations with either
>> the language itself or specific applications. We may be able to offer
>> code reviews and style guides, and would be happy to hear about and
>> help propagate news of what is happening so that everyone can take an
>> interest.
>> For those who would like a reliable source of information, The Python
>> Papers presents a unique and current view into the state of Python at
>> large.
>> To all of you, welcome!
>> Cheers,
>> -Tennessee (Editor-In-Chief)"
As do I. Also, it seems quite in line with how the academic world 
approaches their publications.

Looks damn good!

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