We've just released ActivePython 3.1. There are lots of cool and useful things in this release, but since I'm not one of the Python gurus around here, I sent some questions about it to Sridhar Ratnakumar, who is. Here's the resulting Q & A:
Matt Assay has once more delivered some great info - this time on the openness of the Dutch to.... open source! The Dutch government is apparently running a wealth of open source as of this year. Matt shares a map of all the open source products the Dutch are running and offers an English translation of it. Very enlightening!
He discusses how for a long time the message behind why companies should adopt open source was to break free from dreaded vendor lock-ins, or as he puts it "Stop feeding your firstborn sons to the beast in Redmond!" Instead, more companies realize that choosing open source (and third party support) also reduces costs and increases IT efficiency. Sounds great, huh?
One of the best tools for teamwork to come out of web 2.0 has been the venerable wiki. Few things speak more to staying in the flow of one’s work than just clicking Edit This Page where you see something that needs to be written or re-written. While a wiki can let project documentation grow organically as a project unfolds, it is like any tool and needs to be used the right way to get the most out of it.
Just a quick note on getting MySQL-python (aka import MySQLdb) 1.2.3c1 (the current latest version) to build and install on Mac OS X, because I hit something that I didn’t see mentioned in a number of similar posts.
Here are some links that discuss getting MySQL-python to build on Mac OS X:
I just downloaded and installed Ubuntu Server 9.04 in a VM Image strictly for the purposes of setting up a simple local dev environment on my MacBook. This is the base image, which I want to configure with some useful but general capabilities. The features are: