Python Questions - July 25, 2015

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Sun Jul 26 23:15:19 CEST 2015

On 26/07/2015 20:17, E.D.G. wrote:
> "E.D.G." <edgrsprj at> wrote in message
> news:jf6dnQiMOZ_GxC7InZ2dnUU7-S2dnZ2d at
> Posted by E.D.G.   July 26, 2015
>         These are some additional comments related to my original post.
>        The effort I have been discussing actually involves developing a
> totally free version of some language that scientists around the world
> could easily install and use.
> 1.  With my own science related Perl programs I provide people with .exe
> versions in addition to the .pl versions.  And for the .pl versions, at
> one of my Web sites there is actually an entire Perl programming
> language directory available in a .zip package.  So, people can download
> the file, unzip it, and then save it as the Perl directory and .pl
> programs will then run on that computer.  We would like to be able to do
> the same thing with Python if we start working with that language.  And
> a response in another post indicates that this should be possible.
> 2.  Python looks especially attractive because so many people are using
> it. And I myself have a friend who is a very experienced professional
> Python programmer.  On the other hand, there are so many versions of
> Python that it might be difficult at first to determine which one to
> start with.
> 3.  I asked that Python programmer if Python could run on an Internet
> server as a CGI program.  And the answer was "I have no idea."  So,
> amusingly, apparently even experienced professional programmers don't
> know everything there is to know about a given programming language!
> 4.  I myself know that Perl programs will run on Internet servers as CGI
> programs and have written several myself using a development program
> called Xampp to create and test them before installing them on the
> server computer.
> 5.  My retired professional programming colleague has now told me that
> he downloaded and installed the ActiveState Windows version of Python
> with no difficulties.  So, that is encouraging news.
> 6.  He said that he is looking around for a good IDE for Python and
> found one called "Eric" that he is checking.
> 7.  With my Perl language programs I have developed a resource that will
> do the following.  And I imagine that this could also be done with
> Python. This resource can't be developed with many and probably most
> programming languages.
>        In part because of limited calculation speeds it can take one of
> my important probability calculation Perl programs as much a two hours
> to run and create all of the necessary data arrays.  Many, many millions
> of calculations are involved.  And once everything is set, for time
> limitation reasons it would be ordinarily be impossible to make any
> changes to the data or to the original program code without losing all
> of the data.
>        So, I have developed a special Perl program that makes that
> possible. And as I said, I am guessing that this approach would also
> work with Python.
>        When the Perl program is done with its calculations, instead of
> ending it jumps to another Perl program.  But all of the data in the
> arrays it created remain active in memory.  The original program code
> can then be changed.  The second Perl program is then told that the
> changes are complete and that it should return to the first program.
> Perl then attempt to recompile the original code.  If it is successful
> it then uses the new code and does whatever is specified.  The
> previously created arrays are still active in memory using the same
> array names etc.
>        If there was an error in the new code, a Windows screen appears
> explaining that there was an error and the compilation ends.  But, the
> data remain in the active computer memory.
>        Changes can then be are made to the program code to fix the
> error. And, the second Perl program is told to try again.  If there are
> no new errors the first program recompiles and runs using the already
> created arrays etc.
>       This is a very useful resource for scientists as it lets them
> create and test new program code without having to recreate all of the
> data arrays. And as I stated, it would probably not be possible to
> develop such a resource with most programming languages.
> Regards,
> E.D.G.

Am I the only person thinking Troll?

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