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,

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