Python, Python, Python. Sigh. Theoretically, programming language should be neutral, right?. Any languages could do the job if OS allows. I used to work in a small academic library. Learning programming languages was purely self-motivated and taught. By chance, the path I have treaded on is Perl -> PHP -> ASP -> ASP.NET. Starting with Perl made sense when I was in the library school in 1994, as it was almost a de facto Web language. Then, PHP was almost a natural extension of Perl. Then, .NET fever hit the world in the early 2000's. What in the earth was Python at that time? Being so popular in the library world, I wish I knew it earlier so that I could learn it instead of other languages. The same as Ruby. I am jealous.
With heavy load of work every day, do I have time to learn a new language?
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Heidi P Frank
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Python applications for libraries
as a cataloger, I've used Python for working with raw MARC records - using the PyMarc library - as well as MARCXML and EADXML records. It allows me to analyze and modify large files of MARC records in batch.
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On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Al Matthews <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Python is a wonderful language in many respects. We use it instead of
> Ruby in a number of projects, most notably in workflow for Digital
> Preservation. I do know of a number of enterprise developers using it
> in a web stack -- with Flask, with Werkzeug, with Twisted, with stuff
> I'm not aware of, depends on scale and whom you ask -- or else Django.
> We do not do so at this time. Ruby may be more broadly applicable in
> the present library context, or, not. Unclear.
> Python has a fairly strict diction and the present split existence
> 2 and 3 can be annoying. But it's a useful language, increasingly used
> for hosting other languages, and increasingly, fast despite all odds.
> Good for toying with functional approaches.
> Al Matthews
> Software Developer, Digital Services Unit Atlanta University Center,
> Robert W. Woodruff Library
> email: [log in to unmask]; office: 1 404 978 2057
> On 10/18/13 9:14 AM, "Joseph Umhauer" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >I'm considering taking on online course for programming using Python.
> >But not sure if it would be useful in my work at an academic library.
> >My question is:
> >If you are using Python, what applications have you developed for
> >your institution?
> >Joseph Umhauer
> >Assistant Library Director for Technical Services Niagara University
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