Some good progress made

So here is the current status of Oontzoo. Python is a tremendously cool language! I seriously do not understand the whole Python-Vs-Lisp argument that seems to have been going on for ages and seems not be ending anytime soon. Lisp and Python are both languages which are extremely powerful, very high-level and flexible enough to be used in a wide variety of situations. I love them both. They are more or less equally feature rich (totally discounting the “Turing Complete” argument which is absolute nonsense) but three areas where Python comes on tops are:

1. A humongous collection of libraries for almost every conceivable purpose.

2. A very active developer community, and above all,

3. Superb readability which implies superb maintainability.

So coming back to OOntzoo (hey, I like it better than ‘Oontzoo’… lemme stick to this… just for larks!), I have made very good progress in learning Python. In just a couple of days, I have basically covered the whole core language – the basic syntax, the loop and condition structures, the data structures, exception and error handling, input/output and classes. The only part left is to explore the vast libraries and the APIs for interfacing with C/C++. I should be needing that I believe. I have every hope of completing this process over the weekend, despite the BarCamp being held at IIMB on March 31 and April 1, 2007. I will most probably be attending that and will have to eke out as much time as possible for OOntzoo.
Let’s see how that goes!

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Some good progress made

Project Oontzoo started

Yes. It is true. I have started Project Oontzoo on March 26, 2007, a very eventful day for me indeed. Now, what is Oontzoo? I am afraid you will have to wait and watch as it evolves to see what it is! Don’t blame me if I like a bit of suspense.
Anyway, here is the list of technologies that I am tentatively using for Oontzoo:

PythonThe main programming language.

DjangoThe framework.

PsycoThe Python optimizer.

PostgreSQLThe database.

SubversionVersion Control System.

TRACThe bug and feature tracking utility.

PoundThe load balancing tool.

MediaWikiThe documentation utility.

Apache2The webserver.

C/C++The ancillary programming language(s).

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XMLThese absolutely required!

GNU/LinuxI got that right didn’t I senor Stallman?

In my estimation, the whole process (learning, design, coding, testing, deployment) will be completed by the third of July, 2007. I will track the progress through this blog regularly (read on a day-to-day basis).

Oontzoo is more of a learning experience rather than anything else. That is its objective. Anything more will be a bonus.

Project Oontzoo started