Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Call for Papers, Volume 3 Issue 3

We would like to call for papers, articles, opinion pieces and feedback to include in Volume 3, Issue 3 of The Python Papers. We would love to receive articles on Python for beginners and discussions about Python performance. Any article will be gratefully received, of course, so do not let the above list of suggestions deter you from considering an article on another topic.

We also need volunteers from Python User Groups to include an article on the activities, members and geographical area of their local group.

Expressions of Interest Close: Friday, 14 November

Initial Draft Submission Deadline: Friday, 21 November
Editorial Process Concludes (i.e. Final Version Due): Monday, 15 December
PDF Release Date: Sunday, 4th January (approximate)

If you are considering submitting an article, please let us know A.S.A.P., even if you are only thinking about it. This will allow us to post email reminders of important dates to prospective authors, as well as giving us an indication of content.

If you are unable to submit an article according to the schedule above, please let us know of your interest anyway, and we will involve you in the publication cycle for the following edition.

Contact us at editor@pythonpapers.org

Thanks,
-Maurice Ling
Co-Editor In Chief, The Python Papers

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Entire Volume 3 Issue 2 in one PDF

Hi everyone

Our original release of TPP Volume 3 Issue 2 is in the form of one PDF per article. A number of readers had kindly requested for a parallel release for the entire issue in a single PDF for easy transport.

Despite prevalent "industrial standards" for one PDF per article such as IEEE and ACM, we can understand our readers' point of view. We can see mutually exclusive advantages of both system - one PDF per article allows for tracking of view counts for each article whereas one PDF per issue allows for easy transport and offline browsing. Therefore, we had chose to released the entire volume as a single PDF in parallel and will continue to do so in future.

The entire Volume 3 Issue 2 can be accessed from http://www.pythonpapers.org.

We look forward to your continued support and contributions.

Regards
Maurice Ling
Co-EIC, TPPA

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Volume 3 issue 2 is released

Hi everyone

After a long wait of nearly 5 month, we are back in business to bring the latest edition of The Python Papers - Volume 3 Issue 2 ( http://ojs.pythonpapers.org/index.php/tpp/issue/current ).

From this issue onwards, we will be having only 3 issues per year instead of 4. This is in compliance with our ISSN registration.

What's new
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1. We have expanded our editorial team with 2 new Associate Editors, Sarah Mount (from UK) and Guy Kloss from (New Zealand).

2. TPP is now managed using Open Journal System and it can be assessed at http://ojs.pythonpapers.org/tpp

3. Backporting of previous issues of TPP from Volume 1 Issue 1 is complete

4. We had "soft-launched" TWO new periodicals - The Python Papers Monographs (for monograph-length submissions which may include dissertations, conference proceedings, case studies and advanced-level lectures) and The Python Papers Source Codes (modeled after ACM Collected Algorithms and provides a collection of software and source codes, usually associated with papers published in The Python Papers and The Python Papers Monograph). They shall be TPPM and TPPSC respectively.

5. Collectively, TPP, TPPM and TPPSC will be umbrella-ed as The Python Papers Anthology (TPPA) and managed under the same editorial committee.

6. Probably the most important development to TPP is that TPP is currently indexed by a number of services, including Google Scholar and OAIster, as a result of using Open Journal System.

So, please enjoy our latest edition and we look towards all of your continued support and contributions.

Thank you.

Cheers
Maurice Ling
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Python Papers Anthology

Friday, June 20, 2008

Call for papers, Volume 3 Issue 2

We would like to call for papers, articles, opinion pieces and feedback to include in Volume 3, Issue 2 of The Python Papers. We would love to receive articles on Python for beginners and discussions about Python performance. Any article will be gratefully received, of course, so do not let the above list of suggestions deter you from considering an article on another topic.

We also need volunteers from Python User Groups to include an article on the activities, members and geographical area of their local group.

Expressions of Interest Close: Friday, 18 July

Initial Draft Submission Deadline: Friday, 25 July
Editorial Process Concludes (i.e. Final Version Due): Monday, 11 August
PDF Release Date: Sunday, 30 August (approximate)

If you are considering submitting an article, please let us know A.S.A.P., even if you are only thinking about it. This will allow us to post email reminders of important dates to prospective authors, as well as giving us an indication of content.

If you are unable to submit an article according to the schedule above, please let us know of your interest anyway, and we will involve you in the publication cycle for the following edition.

Contact us at editor@pythonpapers.org

Thanks,
-Maurice Ling
Co-Editor In Chief, The Python Papers

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Moving to Open Journal System

Some of our readers may be wondering about the reason why we had not put up a call for interest for our next issue, Volume 3 Issue 2. The Python Papers will always welcome interests and submissions with or without a public call; just let us know by emails.

The Python Papers is nearing the end of its 2nd year and our continued challenge is to expand its outreach, especially into index databases, online repositories and libraries. After a few months of search, we had decided to use Open Journal System (OJS) from the Public Knowledge Project (http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ojs) to manage The Python Papers. We are currently in the process of setting the system up in our web server and is feverishly porting all back issues into it. Hence, we are delaying our call for interest/submissions for June 2008. Instead, our next issue will be set in August 2008 - a call for interest and publishing timeline will be released soon.

We welcome any offer of assistance.

We hope that by using OJS, The Python Papers will conform to Open Archive Initiative (OAI) which is a standard for metadata harvesting of publications. We further hope that OAI will pave the way into academic libraries and repositories.

The OJS site for The Python Papers is http://ojs.pythonpapers.org

We thank all authors and readers, and the computing/programming community at large for your continued support.

Sit tight for your next issue in August.

Warm regards
Maurice Ling
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Python Papers

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A changing of the guard

After some time as Editor-In-Chief, it is now time for me to announce that I will be changing my role at The Python Papers. Maurice Ling is now acting Editor-In-Chief, while I remain in a supporting role as co-Editor-In-Chief. In our next issue we will be publishing a request for expressions of interest for additional editors and will at that point run an open process to formally elect an Editor-In-Chief.

It has been my pleasure to put together The Python Papers and my pride that it has been a quality offering and found some place in the community. I intend to continue to help put each issue together, find articles and investigate the Python community, but it is now time for someone else to take over the reigns and put their stamp on the journal.

Maurice is a fine candidate for the position, having been one of our founding editors and the primary driver of our academic section.

Thanks for your readership,
-Tennessee

Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Python Papers, Volume 3, Issue 1 Now Available

We are proud to announce the release of the latest version of The Python Papers. Volume 3, Issue 1 is available here. We have a great array of articles packed into its 81 pages, with a great spectrum of topics covered. The highlights include an in-depth article on ShowMeDo, a GUI toolkits comparison and a great article on "Pyfundamentalism" which looks at the emotions evoked by Python.


Table of Contents for Volume 3, Issue 1


Letter from the editor Page 4

Industry Articles
Pyfundamentalism: The Emotions Provoked by Python Page 5
What Is ShowMeDo? Page 7
An Efficient Scalar Package In Python Page 21
PyGTK, PyQT, Tkinter and wxPython comparison Page 26
Python Events Page 81

Peer Reviewed Section
Doctest and unittest... now they'll live happily together Page 38
The Python Interpreter as a Framework for Integrating Scientific Computing Software-Components Page 52
Parts-of-Speech Tagger Errors Do Not Necessarily Degrage Accuracy In Extracting Information from Biomedical Text Page 65