The Python Strikes!

Hot on the heels of my Comdex/Chicago session, at which Python architect Guido van Rossum spoke, version 2.1 of Python shipped, as did Programming Python, 2nd Edition, by Mark Lutz . Of course, Programming Python, 2nd Edition doesn’t cover Python 2.1, only Python 2.0, but that’s life in book publishing when the book’s subject progresses on Internet time.

 

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Python 2.1

I have to say that I’m fascinated by the evolution of this language. Guido and his team are managing to serve a variety of constituencies without introducing incompatibilities.

For instance, as described in the What’s New document, Python 2.1 adds support for the following: Read more »

Taking It All On The Road Is A Page Away

tialrIT’S 11:30 A.M. AN; MY FINGERS ARE FLYING OVER MY laptop computer keyboard. I’m sitting in the cafe car of Amtrak’s Metroliner train, traveling to a client meeting while banging out an article that another client needs by noon. I polish off the final paragraph somewhere around Iselin, New Jersey. Now what?

Your daring and resourceful correspondent pulls a wireless modem card from his trusty computer case. He slaps it into the laptop’s PC Card (formerly PCMCIA) slot and hears the satisfying “bleep” of mutual recognition. I leap into the RadioMail Connection program, type a quick cover note, address it to my client’s Internet e-mail account, and attach the urgent file. “Send,” I click, and send it does, over the ARDIS wireless data network. Moments before the train enters the tunnel leading to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, my article completes its Read more »

What The Heck Was DAML?

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It may seem that the last thing the world needs is another Web standard, but there is always room for an intelligent addition. A new language known as DAML addresses an important, unmet need- making Web sites understandable to programs and nontraditional browsing devices.

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Agent Markup Language is a step Read more »