[tutor] example code

Remco Gerlich scarblac@pino.selwerd.nl
Mon, 8 Jan 2001 01:08:56 +0100

On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 06:18:23PM -0600, Tesla Coil wrote:
> On 7 Jan 2001, John Murray wrote:
> > Emailing source directly to the site would probably
> > be easiest, in view of the small size of most scripts,
> Were the source posted to a list, the site could just
> draw directly from it, become a "best of" collection.
> Other site maintainers could do the same thing, with
> their different idea of what "best of" means.

(I've missed most of the previous discussion, I hope my points weren't
discussed to death yet).

I think that's quite a lot of work for a maintainer. Read the daily posts,
judge what is suitable for the site, and turn the post into some sort of
format that's usable (like a web page). The sort of job that you might find
a volunteer for, but I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't last for long.

Also, there is already the Python snippets archive (although I currently
can't locate the URL - recently erased the bookmarks file and Parnassus'
find function is bugging). I'm not sure if it's still active. Anyway, any
effort from the list should probably be combined with the snippets archive.

And then there's a plan I've had in the back of my mind for a while - some
people come here and ask the question "I've read the book and the tutorials,
what now?". Apparently they don't learn programming just to get some job done
or at least with a specific goal in mind. I'd love an archive with case
studies, things to do after the tutorials - make a small programs that
downloads comics, implement this game, whatever - I don't have ideas right
now but it should be possible to think of plenty of things. 

The site could have an archive of ideas for projects, things that have been
done often but that are useful to learn from. And have hints on where to
start - you need to do this, this and this, and these modules will probably
be useful. And people who have a working implementation can send them in.
That would be a useful resource.

Of course, I've already spent far too long on my CS study and I'm just
starting my final thesis, there is no way I will volunteer for any of this
in the next half year or so. I need the self protection.

Remco Gerlich