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General Question About Python

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To those who program in python, what programs do you do?
Also what community projects are you involved in(OSS probably)?
Will mastering the language land me a job?

I'm thinking about learning the language as a hobby. Just curious :)

Jan 8 '07 #1
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Enteng wrote:
To those who program in python, what programs do you do?
Also what community projects are you involved in(OSS probably)?
Will mastering the language land me a job?

I'm thinking about learning the language as a hobby. Just curious :)
If you have any programming experience you'll be able to pick up
Python in an afternoon. It's a very easy language to learn and
you'll be writing useful programs in no time.

Sadly I doubt learning it alone will land you a job (which is why I
forced myself to learn Java C++ and even PHP), but once you do have
that job, there's a 90% chance Python will help you get things done
in that job. It's just a really fun and useful language with a huge
amount of well written libraries.

Check out www.pythonchallenge.com when you know the basics, but be
warned it's quite addictive!

Jan 8 '07 #2

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I think the best I've heard is, "Programming in Python is like writing
poetry".

Its really a beautiful language, so simple, short, powerful and to the
point.

We use it in conjunction with Django to implement a web based device
management solution for our products.

We've also written a multi-threaded gateway / modem pool server that
assists us with data calls, sms'ing, and gprs based communication.

Its quite weird, we're looking for Python skills but are battling to
find at the moment... Normally Python on its own will probably not
land you a job, but the last two companies I've worked for are doing
indepth Python development, so hopefully the tables are turning a bit.

Enteng wrote:
To those who program in python, what programs do you do?
Also what community projects are you involved in(OSS probably)?
Will mastering the language land me a job?

I'm thinking about learning the language as a hobby. Just curious :)
Jan 9 '07 #3

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Torabisu wrote:
Its quite weird, we're looking for Python skills but are battling to
find at the moment... Normally Python on its own will probably not
land you a job, but the last two companies I've worked for are doing
indepth Python development, so hopefully the tables are turning a bit.
I can tell the same for Italy.
Where are you from?

Jan 9 '07 #4

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Enteng wrote:
To those who program in python, what programs do you do?
Some Unix TCP servers, some data-driven command line apps, and some web
stuff.
Also what community projects are you involved in(OSS probably)?
None that are Python-based, aside from the occasional patch to support
new Python features in Vim or keep it working with newer versions.
Will mastering the language land me a job?
Maybe. My last 3 jobs have been for people with experience in C and
Python, or with substantial programming experience and a willingness to
learn C and Python.

Jan 9 '07 #5

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Enteng wrote:
To those who program in python, what programs do you do?
Also what community projects are you involved in(OSS probably)?
Will mastering the language land me a job?
Well, I few years ago I decided to learn Python to get a job and it
worked. Of course,
you should think of something to get yourself visibile (i.e.
contribute to some OSS
project, write articles, partecipate to conferences, etc.)

Michele Simionato

Jan 9 '07 #6

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billie wrote:
Torabisu wrote:
Its quite weird, we're looking for Python skills but are battling to
find at the moment... Normally Python on its own will probably not
land you a job, but the last two companies I've worked for are doing
indepth Python development, so hopefully the tables are turning a bit.

I can tell the same for Italy.
Where are you from?
Cape Town, South Africa. There is a strong Unix following here, but
more on the System Administration side, not really the software
development side with regards to Python. Python more being used for
task automation and shell scripting.

Jan 12 '07 #7

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"Torabisu" <tp*****@gmail.comwrote:

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billie wrote:
Torabisu wrote:
Its quite weird, we're looking for Python skills but are battling to
find at the moment... Normally Python on its own will probably not
land you a job, but the last two companies I've worked for are doing
indepth Python development, so hopefully the tables are turning a bit.
I can tell the same for Italy.
Where are you from?

Cape Town, South Africa. There is a strong Unix following here, but
more on the System Administration side, not really the software
development side with regards to Python. Python more being used for
task automation and shell scripting.
What do you want done? - I am only a thousand miles away...

- Hendrik

Jan 13 '07 #8

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Hendrik van Rooyen wrote:
"Torabisu" <tp*****@gmail.comwrote:


billie wrote:
Torabisu wrote:
>
Its quite weird, we're looking for Python skills but are battling to
find at the moment... Normally Python on its own will probably not
land you a job, but the last two companies I've worked for are doing
indepth Python development, so hopefully the tables are turning a bit.
>
I can tell the same for Italy.
Where are you from?
Cape Town, South Africa. There is a strong Unix following here, but
more on the System Administration side, not really the software
development side with regards to Python. Python more being used for
task automation and shell scripting.

What do you want done? - I am only a thousand miles away...

- Hendrik
If I can just get my Python teleporter sorted out, distance will be no
problem... A little buggy at the moment though... Poor John, I told
him not to test it but oh well.

Jan 13 '07 #9

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"Torabisu" <tp*****@gmail.comwrote:

>
Hendrik van Rooyen wrote:
What do you want done? - I am only a thousand miles away...

If I can just get my Python teleporter sorted out, distance will be no
problem... A little buggy at the moment though... Poor John, I told
him not to test it but oh well.
OMG! - I have been feeding that unexpected heap of minced meat
to the cat...

- Hendrik

Jan 14 '07 #10

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