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Who uses Python?

I mean other than sysadmins, programmers, and web-site developers?

I have heard of some DBAs who use a lot of python.

I suppose some scientists. I think python is used in bioinformatics. I
think some math and physics people use python.

I suppose some people use python to learn "programmin g" in general.
Python would do well as a teaching language.

I would think that python would be a good language for data analysis.

Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?

Jun 4 '07 #1
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On Jun 4, 2:37 pm, walterbyrd <walterb...@ina me.comwrote:
I mean other than sysadmins, programmers, and web-site developers?

I have heard of some DBAs who use a lot of python.

I suppose some scientists. I think python is used in bioinformatics. I
think some math and physics people use python.

I suppose some people use python to learn "programmin g" in general.
Python would do well as a teaching language.

I would think that python would be a good language for data analysis.

Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?
We use it for login scripts, locking down PCs, automating backups,
GIS, and more.

Mike

Jun 4 '07 #2
On 2007-06-04, walterbyrd <wa********@ina me.comwrote:
Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?
Electrical engineering. It's pretty handy for writing programs
to talk to embedded systems using various protocols/interface
(async-serial, ethernet, etc.). It's also good for analyzing
communications, analyzing performance tests for analog
instruments, and so on.

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at wear CORDOVANS!!
visi.com
Jun 4 '07 #3
On Jun 4, 3:37 pm, walterbyrd <walterb...@ina me.comwrote:
I mean other than sysadmins, programmers, and web-site developers?

I have heard of some DBAs who use a lot of python.

I suppose some scientists. I think python is used in bioinformatics. I
think some math and physics people use python.

I suppose some people use python to learn "programmin g" in general.
Python would do well as a teaching language.

I would think that python would be a good language for data analysis.

Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?
Presumably most of the above are "programmer s" when they're writing
programs in Python, right? It's a general purpose language that can
be used for a very wide range of domains.

FWIW, I do use it for digital art (music visualization). It's
excellent for data analysis (I've done everything from stats on lines
in an SQL database to mining flat text files of data for statistical
projections of MLB baseball player performance). I know a couple of
people who sell a double-entry accounting system written in Python,
which is presumably "finance". Web analytics is very common (I've
seen several such projects).

I know at least one group using python as a control language in
embedded systems (at least at one point a few years back they had
opted for Stackless, but Python nonetheless); they're doing some cool
home-automation style stuff.

I've also written my window manager, various text editor extensions,
numerous web applications, one-off data analysis scripts, several GUI
applications, etc in Python (or mostly Python). The apps I've worked
on range from one-offs at the command line to midrange scripts to
multiple-hundreds-of-thousands of lines of code projects worked on by
many developers.

Jun 4 '07 #4
"walterbyrd " <wa********@ina me.comwrote in message
news:11******** **************@ q69g2000hsb.goo glegroups.com.. .
>[...] programmers, and web-site developers?
Broadly speaking, everyone who uses python programs in it and may thus be
considered a "programmer ". Python is a fully-fledged programming language
and as such used for loads of things, like any other language.

Thomas Jollans
Jun 4 '07 #5
I'm a Technical Artist at a videogame developer. The TAs here are using
Python more and more for our development needs.

Although I'd say our primary use is on the tools and data-mining
front... only indirectly relating to creation of digital art. It's
closer to why a programmer or sysadmin would use Python, I suppose.

--
Adam Pletcher
Senior Technical Artist
Volition / THQ www.volition-inc.com
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Subject: Who uses Python?

I mean other than sysadmins, programmers, and web-site developers?

I have heard of some DBAs who use a lot of python.

I suppose some scientists. I think python is used in
bioinformatics. I think some math and physics people use python.

I suppose some people use python to learn "programmin g" in general.
Python would do well as a teaching language.

I would think that python would be a good language for data analysis.

Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?

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Jun 4 '07 #6
I use it for processing GIS data (ALOT), building data harvesting apps
that slurp data into MySQL/SQLServer from text files (ALOT), batch
processing of daily mindless tasks like copying files and backups, and
filing/cataloging/EXIF-IPTC metadata editing on digital photos - to
name a few. I took Mark Lutz's python course last year and he summed
it up with "Anything you can do on a computer, you can do with
Python".

Jun 4 '07 #7
walterbyrd wrote:
Anything else? Finance? Web-analytics? SEO? Digital art?
I played with NodeBox a little while ago:
http://nodebox.net/code/index.php/Home
"NodeBox is a Mac OS X application that lets you create 2D visuals
(static, animated or interactive) using Python programming code and
export them as a PDF or a QuickTime movie. NodeBox is free and
well-documented."

Pretty trippy stuff.
Jun 4 '07 #8
Thomas Jollans wrote:
Broadly speaking, everyone who uses python programs in it and may thus be
considered a "programmer ".
A woman from a job agency 'phoned me up the other day, and asked me if I
was any good with "algortihms ". I told her that all programs are
algorithms, so the question didn't make that much sense.

Needless to say, I wasn't offered an interview ;)
Jun 4 '07 #9
Mark Carter wrote:
A woman from a job agency 'phoned me up the other day, and asked me if I
was any good with "algortihms ". I told her that all programs are
algorithms, so the question didn't make that much sense.

What does your "answer" have to do with the qustion, I wonder? She asked
if you were good with algorithms to which you replied that all programs
are algorithms. Maybe so, but that's not what she asked. The question
makes perfect sense, however your answer doesn't, unless you also added
something along the lines of "And since I'm good with programs I am good
with algorithms".

/W (these days appearantly standing for "What a nitpicker" ;))
Jun 4 '07 #10

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