[Twisted-web] Introduction, newbie confusion plus an offer

Matt Goodall matt at pollenation.net
Thu Jul 7 03:30:19 MDT 2005

Ed Suominen wrote:
> Lloyd, as a fairly experienced Nevow user who has gone through the same
> frustrations, I'll gladly help to the extent what you're writing about
> applies to Nevow. I understand that Twisted.web2 is more like Nevow than
> Twisted.web, so that may make sense. (Actually, you may want to use
> Nevow -- check it out at http://nevow.org/.) 
> Contact me directly if interested. Also, don't forget the #twisted.web
> channel on the Freenode IRC server, which is an excellent real-time
> resource that has helped me a great deal with questions.

Same for me. I'll do what I can to help anyone volenteering to write 
docs. Thanks for the help, Lloyd.

- Matt

> Best regards,
> Ed Suominen
> On Wed, 2005-07-06 at 14:33 -0400, lloyd at paisite.com wrote:
>>I'm Lloyd, I'm baffled, and I'd like to offer my modest talents to help
>>others like me come up to speed with Twisted.web in record time.
>>I've been looking for a way to bring a large ColdFusion application over
>>to Python. Twisted.web looks to offer all that I could wish for and more.
>>The work to date is awe-inspiring. But... the documentation,
>>well-intentioned as it is, and much more ample than in many Open Source
>>projects, truly baffles me.
>>I'm first to admit my limitations: I'm still in the early learning stages
>>of Python; I understand OO conceptually, but have little experience
>>writing or reading OO code; and, approaching the golden years, undoubtably
>>have far fewer functioning neurons than most of the subscribers to this
>>list, much less the brilliant young turks who have created the Twisted
>>But, browsing through the archives, it's clear that I am not alone in my
>>So, I'd like to make a proposal:
>>I have many years of writing and editing experience. Back in the days when
>>personal computers were still connected to audio cassette recorders, and I
>>was as excited but unenlightened about PCs as I am now about Twisted, I
>>contributed three well-received articles to Personal Computing magazine
>>under the name Techo Turkey. These helped readers hook up IBM Selectric
>>Terminals to their new PCs, create a computer-controlled haunted house for
>>Halloween, and set up a computer-controlled home security system.
>>I would like now to offer to write some supplementary documentation for
>>Twisted.web aimed at turkeys like me -- the really really basic stuff plus
>>sure-to-work examples that can bring even Mickey-the-Dunce to sufficient
>>level of understanding that he can participate creatively in the Twisted
>>The catch: I need knowledgeable folks willing to answer my many many
>>stupid questions like, once you've installed Twisted from, say, Debian,
>>where should what files go and how should permissions be defined?
>>Undoubtably these generous mentors would also need to critique my newbie
>>code and perhaps, even, submit examples of their own. Who know, maybe we
>>could even get a book out of it.
>>Any takers?
>>Best wishes,
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