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Yahoo! Launches Python Developer Center 125

SimonW writes "Yahoo! has launched a Python Developer Center as part of their Developer Network. The new site explains how to access Yahoo!'s many web service APIs using Python, and includes tutorials on using Python with REST, JSON, XML and RSS. The site joins Yahoo!'s existing developer centers for PHP and JavaScript."
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Yahoo! Launches Python Developer Center

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  • Whython (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CopaceticOpus ( 965603 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @12:21PM (#15874546)
    It's pretty cool of Yahoo to provide so much to the dev community. It's definitely improved my feelings about the company.

    I wonder why they've made this foray into the Python world? I know they decided to focus on PHP a few years back. Did they find some tasks were easier to accomplish in Python? Or are they simply trying to reach out to another developer community?
  • How refreshing! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by y5 ( 993724 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @12:22PM (#15874550)

    Every time I see a story about Yahoo concerning developers, it's exactly what I want to hear. While their competitors are saying "do no evil", Yahoo seems to be living it.

    I don't know if I'm quite there yet, but my hard-to-break habit of Googling everything might be worth breaking if this kind of developer-focused attitude from Yahoo continues like it has. It's at least very tempting.

  • Now Ruby! (Score:0, Interesting)

    by BigTunaCan ( 812319 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @12:23PM (#15874565) Journal
    I think this very cool. I hope that this means that a Ruby version is on the horizon!
  • by halosfan ( 691623 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @12:42PM (#15874709) Homepage

    While browsing through this, I noticed the following in ther Weather RSS feed page:

    The feeds are provided free of charge for use by individuals and non-profit organizations for personal, non-commercial uses.

    and then

    Yahoo! also reserves the right to require you to cease distributing these feeds at any time for any reason.

    So, while it's cool and all, is there any value to using their weather RSS feed (and I assume it's similar with other services), beyond my ability to play with them? I mean, even I'm not making any money off it, presumably, if I put the effort in accessing those feeds, I expect them to be available to me in the future? Or do they provide a paid-for version for this?

  • Re:How refreshing! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by y5 ( 993724 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @12:46PM (#15874733)

    What Yahoo is doing is great, but you're not giving Google nearly enough credit.

    You might be right. But I've had the chance to use the Web API's for Yahoo, Google, and MSN. Yahoo's Web Search API has been much easier to use than Google's or MSN's. I know there are many other API's to use than just web search, but I've been impressed with what I've seen from Yahoo, more so than from the others.

    Direction is everything, and you have to admit Yahoo has been moving in the right direction lately. Here's to hoping they don't lose focus of what's giving them such good publicity! =)

  • by swartze ( 668002 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @03:11PM (#15875903)
    As an atheist, I'd like to stick to a language created by an atheist
    Wow, That's quite a religious conviction you've got there.
  • by suitepotato ( 863945 ) on Wednesday August 09, 2006 @03:28PM (#15876013)
    I'm just glad they did this ahead of any Ruby foray. Online, all I hear anymore is loud rowdy Ruby peope and anti-Python people, some of whom are the same. At the bookstore, I easily see two times more Python books than Ruby. This tells me that despite the online hype, there's still a lot of quiet interest in Python and it isn't that Ruby or anything else is pushing us aside, it's that we're not very vociferous.

    Which is fine with me. As long as Yahoo and other outlets keep that in mind that is. Python is not dead no matter what some people want to believe from the SNR.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian