Letters to the Editor
When the article was written, dld was required. At that time, ELF was still somewhat experimental and since we didn't know when it would be considered generally stable, we chose not to base articles on the assumption that it would become stable between the time the article was written and read. We have since started recommending that people switch to ELF when it is reasonably possible for them to do so, since it is now considered stable, and since the time will come (and obviously already is, to some extent) when applications are only available in ELF. Thanks for pointing out that it builds without a problem with ELF.
I found the Python examples largely worthless because of errors. Line 6 of the program listed on page 21 should read:
uid = `posix.getuid()`
Notice the (`) rather than (').
The largest problem was the format of the StackingThings program listed on page 23. Python is VERY sensitive to indentation. The attempt to format the program to fit the column “broke it real bad”.
Prior remarks aside, I found the Python article enjoyable and I am very pleased with your publication. Keep up the good work.
—Joe Kirby firstname.lastname@example.org
The “backticks” are really opening single quote characters in the courier font, which is suboptimal, but for which we are hard pressed to find a better replacement. If you look very, very carefully, you can see that the “backticks” are wider at the bottom than the top, and the “ticks” are wider at the top than the bottom. We agree that you shouldn't have to look closely to see the difference, and we are working on a solution.
Our production team did indeed break the indentation in the StackingThings example, and we apologize. The production team at LJ usually does a very good job making things fit, but this time there were some significant slips...
The correct version of the StackingThings example can be retreived from our WWW server at www.ssc.com/lj/issue21/index.html.