[sapug] Introduction

julian flint eljumad at internode.on.net
Tue Feb 7 13:44:57 CET 2006

Hi All,
I'm a complete beginner to programming, but have done bit of networking, 
small systems and a heap of statistical work in the health area (General 
Practice - but I'm not a doc)

Am very interested in python as there is currently a GP clinical program 
(GnuMed) being developed and I would be interested in being involved 
somehow. Am also interested in developing an app to interrogate some of 
the existing  clinical programs' backends - many have woeful native 
search tools

After much advice gained from the linux SA list I'll be doing initial 
work in Vim or Emacs methinks, so excuse any newbie questions.
Would be very interested in attending any meetings that are held, and 
could drag one or two others along ;-)

Julian Flint

John Steele Scott wrote:
> I tried sending this on Saturday, but it hasn't turned up. Third time
> lucky maybe?
> I've been waiting for GMANE to setup a feed for this list, but so far it
> hasn't happened, so in the meantime I guess I'll subscribe, and reply to
> the "Introduction" post I read in the archives.
> At the moment I'm working with embedded temperature logging systems. I
> use Python on an Ubuntu box to communicate with the (PIC-based) embedded
> system, to help me with testing and debugging. Usually I have my
> embedded code in one Emacs screen, with another Emacs screen containing
> the Python test code and the Python REPL.
> The other area I've found Python useful is for prototyping GUI
> applications with wxPython. These are end-user programs for controlling
> the above-mentioned embedded systems. Unfortunately last time I had to
> go back and re-implement the application in C++, so that the app could
> be contained in a single Windows exe file. The Tcl/Tk starpack solution
> would've been good for this. Is anyone aware if there is an equivalent
> for Python yet?
> In my free time these days I find that my brain is too fried to do
> programming. :( When my brain is up to it, I'm studying the Scheme
> programming language. Although I haven't got very far with it yet, I
> think I can already relate to an observation I read on an MSDN blog that
> "Lisp is a Curse".[1]
> I'm glad to see a SA Python user group, although I hope that excursions
> into other dynamic languages will be tolerated. Especially since we
> already have a Ruby troll on the list. :)
> cheers,
> John
> [1]
> <http://blogs.msdn.com/sriram/archive/2006/01/15/lisp_is_sin.aspx#513270>
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