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Python Magazine | Volume 1 - Issue 10

Python Magazine | Volume 1 - Issue 10

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If you want to bring a Python-related topic to the attention of the professional Python community, whether it is personal research,company software, or anything else, why not write an article for Python Magazine? If you would like to contribute, contact usand one of our editors will be happy to help you hone your idea and turn it into a beautiful article for our magazine. Visit
www.pythonmagazine.com/c/p/write_for_us
 
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CONTENTS
Download this month’s code at:
http://code.pythonmagazine.com/1/10
 
EDITORIAL
Volume 1 - Issue 10
Publisher 
Marco Tabini
Editor-in-Chief 
Brian Jones
Technical Editor 
Doug Hellmann
Contributing Editor 
Steve Holden
Columnist
Mark Mruss 
Graphics & Layout
Arbi Arzoumani
Managing Editor 
Emanuela Corso
Authors
John Berninger, Sayamindu Dasgupta,Doug Hellmann, Steve Holden,Mark Mruss, Kevin T. Ryan
Python Magazine
is published twelve times a yearby Marco Tabini & Associates, Inc., 28 BombayAve., Toronto, ON M3H1B7, Canada.Although all possible care has been placed inassuring the accuracy o the contents o thismagazine, including all associated source code,listings and igures, the publisher assumesno responsibilities with regards o use o theinormation contained herein or in all associatedmaterial.Python Magazine, PyMag the Python Magazinelogo, Marco Tabini & Associates, Inc. and the MtaLogo are trademarks o Marco Tabini & Associates,Inc.
For all enquiries, visit
http://pythonmagazine.com/c/p/contact_usPrinted in CanadaCopyright
©
2003-2007Marco Tabini & Associates, Inc.All Rights Reserved
 
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W
elcome to the premier issue of Python Magazine. Projects like a newmagazine tend to feel like a huge party. You put all kinds of time andeffort into it, you call decorators, caterers, chair rentals, balloon blow-ers, clowns, and you get everything coordinated. Then, once everything is inplace, you pray that people actually show up.I'm excited (and relieved!) to see that the community has figured out acouple of things that have made them willing to embrace the idea of a maga-zine devoted to Python.First, we've done this before. Python Magazine is not the first magazine I'vehelped launch, nor is it the first one that MTA (the publisher) has launched. Weare already intimately familiar with the problems inherent in trying to producea magazine that is timely, accurate, thorough, and even entertaining, on amonthly basis, to a global audience. Further, we understand that the magazinehas to be seen as a value to the readership, or there won't be one.The second thing the community seems to have figured out is that our in-tention is to help further the use of the language by helping to support thecommunity and advocate the language using whatever resources we can makeavailable. Ideas are constantly flowing in. Talks are ongoing. Things are movingforward, and it's exciting to see all of this taking place.
Why this is happening
I guess I'm a bit of a workaholic, maybe. Truth is, I'm an infrastructure servicesarchitect (a fancy sort of sysadmin) by day. Part of my job is to write code to dovarious things and touch various services that I maintain. I had wanted to givePython a try for a while, and an opportunity presented itself. I took the plunge,and fell in love. However, I found that one of my favorite learning resourceswas unavailable in the Python world: the venerable how-to magazine!These magazines exist for lots of other topics. There are magazines that'll tell you how to brew beer, how to work with wood, how to play pool, how to cook,how to stay in shape, how to take pictures, how to write, and how to use yourcomputer in various ways (or how to use various computers in one particularway, as the case may be). Heck, there's even a magazine on how to code in PHP!For crying out loud, where's the Python mag?!There wasn't one. It wasn't for lack of trying. Various attempts had failed togain momentum for whatever reason, but I wasn't going to let something sillylike a path littered with the corpses of past failed attempts get in the way of having a magazine I could read to glean inspiration and knowledge from aboutmy new favorite programming language!And so, I went to the publisher - the one I had worked with on php|architect.I told him that I wanted to learn Python better, and so did lots of other people,and that there was no magazine for them, and there was no magazine for me.I told him that people who already knew Python didn't know everything theywanted to know, and there was no magazine for them, either. I shed a tear foreffect. Now, here we are, only 4 months after the initial "ok, go for it!", andPython Magazine is a reality.So, in a way, it's happening because I want to know Python better. But it's
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