Python language info and comp.lang.python.announce posting guidelines
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From the Python FAQ:
"Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming
language. It incorporates modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, very high
level dynamic data types, and classes. Python combines remarkable power
with very clear syntax. It has interfaces to many system calls and
libraries, as well as to various window systems, and is extensible in C or
C++. It is also usable as an extension language for applications that need
a programmable interface. Finally, Python is portable: it runs on many
brands of UNIX, on the Mac, and on PCs under MS-DOS, Windows, Windows NT,
To find out more, the best thing to do is to start reading the tutorial
from the documentation set at <http://www.python.org/doc/>."
Example: "Hello World" in Python
The original task can be accomplished by a one-liner:
print "Hello World!"
Here is a longer example, a function that returns a string
containing a series of multiple "Hello World!" greetings:
retval = how_often * "Hello World! " # "multiply" string
return retval[:-1] # strip off trailing space
'Hello World! Hello World! Hello World! Hello World! Hello World!'
Note that block structure in Python is defined by indentation, rather than
block delimiters (as used in many other programming languages such as Perl,
Java and C/C++).
comp.lang.python (or c.l.py for short) is the general discussion newsgroup
for users of the Python language. It is also available as a mailing list;
see below for instructions on subscribing to c.l.py through the mailing list.
If you have questions regarding the use of Python, please take the time to
consult the Python "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) list first before
posting to comp.lang.python: it's at <http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html>.
The comp.lang.python.announce newsgroup (or c.l.py.a for short) has been
created in early 1998 as a companion newsgroup for comp.lang.python focused
on Python-related announcements. The newsgroup charter is as follows:
"comp.lang.python.announce is a moderated, low-volume newsgroup for
announcements regarding the Python programming language, including:
- new releases of the core distribution and contributed software
- events (user group meetings, conferences, training, etc.)
- periodic postings (FAQs)
- other items of general interest to the Python community
This is not a discussion group. Posts are expected to have
Followup-To: headers set to "poster" or an appropriate newsgroup;
posts that omit this header will have a Followup-To: comp.lang.python
inserted by the moderator."
comp.lang.python.announce posting guidelines
In addition to honoring the c.l.py.a charter (see above), you are asked
to consider the following things when submitting announcements for
1. It is often very helpful to INCLUDE SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION if
you are announcing a very specialized package or event. Submissions
will be rejected by the moderators if a casual c.l.py.a reader
cannot understand the utility or context of your announcement.
2. INCLUDE A URL (web address) for your announcement. Hint: a "real"
web page often looks better than a mere FTP address and offers more
possibilites to present your package "at a glance".
3. GIVE YOUR PACKAGE A VERSION NUMBER. If you give your package a version
number from the start, it will be easier to identify different releases
in the future. Even "small" packages should have version numbers.
4. Clarify the LICENSE that you release your package under. If you want to
release something as free software, you might want to have a look at
the "Open Source Definition", <http://www.opensource.org/osd.html>,
and pick one of the licenses mentioned there under "Example Licenses".
5. You should INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS in the body text of your
posting or in the trailing .signature block. Please do *not* sign
your announcement with PGP; most people would not know your public
PGP key anyway and would get a warning message.
6. Avoid excessive cross-posting. Messages that are cross-posted to
several moderated news groups will usually be approved by the
moderator of the first group in the list.
7. To make it easier to include your announcement on www.python.org's
front page, please include 2-3 lines of HTML code at the very end
of your submission, using the following template:
<P><A HREF="http://your.url.here">PackageName 1.0</A> - short
description of not more than one sentence. (DD-Mon-YY)
You may only include *one* link, which should point to a web page
with more info about your package (cf 2. above). The date should
be in parentheses, formatted as shown, e.g. 29-Jul-98.
8. Format your posting so that all lines are at most 78 characters
wide. (Exception: Internet resource addresses (cf. 7. above) should
not be line-wrapped, if possible.)
You can upload your program or module to <ftp://ftp.python.org/incoming/>,
or become a PSA member and create a web page at the "Starship Python" server
(see below). The Python main FTP site is being mirrored at serveral sites
all around the world. Don't forget to send a short e-mail notification to
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and upload a corresponding <package>.README
file together with your announcement.
Mailing list gateways
There is a two-way gateway between the comp.lang.python news group and
the "python-list" mailing list. You can subscribe to this list by sending
an e-mail message to the following address:
with the text "subscribe" in the e-mail body. You can unsubscribe by
sending an e-mail message to the same address with the text "unsubscribe"
in the e-mail body.
There is a web archive of past comp.lang.python postings at FindMail,
There is also a mailing list gateway for comp.lang.python.announce.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, send an e-mail to
with a body content of "subscribe" or "unsubscribe", respectively.
Please note that comp.lang.python.announce is moderated; you cannot
just post to this list. Please e-mail any announcements to the
c.l.py.a submission address:
or use your news reader to post to comp.lang.python.announce.
In the latter case, your posting should be forwarded to the
c.l.py.a moderators automatically by the news server software.
A web archive of c.l.py.a postings is currently being prepared.
Until it becomes available, you can look for c.l.py and c.l.py.a
postings with DejaNews, <http://www.dejanews.com/>, or FindMail,
Further Python Resources
WWW: <http://www.python.org/> - Python Language Home Page
<http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html> - Python Language FAQ
<http://www.python.org/Help.html> - Python Quick Help Index Page
<http://starship.skyport.net/> - Starship Python: User Pages
Usenet: <news:comp.lang.python> - Python Discussion Newsgroup
<news:comp.lang.python.announce> - Python Announcements Newsgroup
About the "Python Software Activity" (PSA), cf. <http://www.python.org/psa/>:
"The continued, free existence of Python is promoted by the contributed
efforts of many people. The Python Software Activity (PSA) supports those
efforts by helping to coordinate them. The PSA operates web, ftp, and
email services, organizes conferences, and engages in other activities
that benefit the Python user community. In order to continue, the PSA
needs the membership of people who value Python." Have a look at the PSA
web pages for further information about the PSA and membership benefits.
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Article Submission Address: email@example.com
Python Language Home Page: http://www.python.org/
Python Quick Help Index: http://www.python.org/Help.html