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- Technical paper presented at ACCU Spring Conference, Oxford

Oxford, England – 3rd April 2001 – A new paper outlining the advantages of Python for web development was released today at the ACCU spring conference, Oxford. "Python on the Web", written by technical specialist, Duncan Booth of RCP Consultants Limited, covers all aspects of the emerging language's role in web development.

Available from www.rcp.co.uk, the technical paper demonstrates the capabilities of the emerging Python language, which is copyrighted but freely usable and distributable, including for commercial use. The language is becoming the language of choice for many applications outside the classic text-processing filter, normally associated with 'scripting languages'.

Python includes good support for retrieving and processing web data, allowing simple client-side applications with minimal coding. Support for server-side applications is covered from simple CGI scripts, through minimal web servers right up to Zope, a full-blown web application server written in a mixture of Python and C. Finally JPython provides an almost seamless integration between Python and Java, allowing the developer to choose the most appropriate tool for the job.

Duncan Booth graduated as a Computer Scientist from Cambridge University and initially worked for Torch Computers using BCPL, C and Assembler before joining the fledging RCP as the third employee in 1984. Duncan has worked on many projects in RCP, including foreign exchange dealing, real-time financial data, banking back office systems, and healthcare systems. His interest in Python was first sparked at a science fiction convention, since when it has become a major player in his choice of languages. As well as writing in Python he also ported it to the Psion 5 handheld. He is currently developing applications for web and WAP browsers, mostly using Python and Zope.

Python is a portable, interpreted, object-oriented programming language. Its development started in 1990 at CWI in Amsterdam, and continues at CNRI in Reston, Vancouver. The language combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has modules, classes, exceptions, very high level dynamic data types, and dynamic typing. There are interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various windowing systems (X11, Motif, Tk, Mac, MFC). New built-in modules are easily written in C or C++. Python is also usable as an extension language for applications that need a programmable interface.

Python is copyrighted but freely usable and distributable, even for commercial use.

ACCU, the Association of C and C++ Users, is a worldwide association of people with an interest in C, C++ and Java. Its members include people just starting out with C as well as professional programmers and companies writing software. It is run by a volunteer committee, and on behalf of the membership maintains a web site and aim to produce two journals, six times a year and to organise both a spring and autumn conference.

RCP Consultants Ltd. (www.rcp.co.uk) is at the forefront of specialist software solutions and expert consultancy, and has been for over 20 years. With over 100 skilled staff, RCP designs strategic solutions for professionals in diverse markets worldwide. RCP customers can be found in markets as diverse as financial transactions management, automotive, wireless access protocol (WAP), and distributed systems. RCP has offices in Oxfordshire and the City of London.

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Richard Olearczyk
Business Development Director
RCP Consultants Ltd.
ollie@rcp.co.uk
Tel. +44 (0)1235 510116

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