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Useless Python

01/31/2001

If you have a large thriving program with several developers, you might want to host it on a web-based development site. But what about the many thousands of small programs people write when they are just exploring a language, or small bits of code without much use? Enter, the Useless Python web site, a repository of worthless code for the edification of others. Brought to you by the Mississippi Python Interest Group (pronounced Miss Piggie) and the Python Tutor e-mail list, Useless Python offers to host all your old useless code.

Far from useless, the repository is a great idea for those just learning to program. While there are certainly better examples of programming to be found, they are often large and complex, too complex to easily wrap your head around them. These short programs are a little easier to grasp and despite being labeled useless, can inspire short useful scripts of your own. Programming doesn't have to be complex to be useful to you.

Sometimes, though you have no useful reason to program, you still want a programming challenge. You want to try out your skill and wrack your head for an answer to something, anything. A little contest can be just the thing to get your mind thinking. Among the useless programs you will find at this site are answers to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Answers to the contest are supposed to be written in C, C++, or Pascal, making answers in Python especially useless, but fun! If you are looking for a challenge, consider contributing some answers of your own.

Dumb sites don't just happen. They start with an incredibly dumb design. The Useless Python pages are maintained by Rob Andrews, on the Lowerstandard.com web site. Useless Python fulfills their mission: to seek out lower standards in creativity of any form and post them for the masses to see. Programs that meet lower standards abound. I have a feeling this repository could grow very quickly.

Stephen Figgins administrates Linux servers for Sunflower Broadband, a cable company.


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