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

Ed Suominen general at eepatents.com
Wed Jul 6 12:50:14 MDT 2005

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.

Best regards,
Ed Suominen

On Wed, 2005-07-06 at 14:33 -0400, lloyd at paisite.com wrote:
> Hello,
> 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
> framework.
> But, browsing through the archives, it's clear that I am not alone in my
> confusion.
> 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
> community.
> 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,
> Lloyd

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