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By: Boudewijn Rempt
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October 25, 2000

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Python is widely used by millions of people, but despite its size, this community is still very friendly and welcoming to beginners. This is probable because Python is such an excellent first language to learn.


Audience: Everyone.

Description: This newsgroup is the most important Python community resource. It is the place to ask a beginner's question such as "How do I write a CGI script in Python?", as well as to discuss complex matters such as type inference, garbage collection schemes, microthreads, or stackless versions of Python.

Mailing Lists

Audience: People with a special interest in some area of development, such as XML or internationalization.

Description: Then there are the various mailing lists[md]mirrors of comp.lang.python and comp.lang.python.announce, and mailings lists of the diverse SIGs. The SIGs are groups of Python developers who have a special interest, such as an interest in database development or XML. The SIGs and their mailing list archives are hosted at Python.org.

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