The Root Page

Let's start at the top. In this chapter we will study the complete implementation of PyErrata, but readers are also encouraged to visit the web site where it lives to sample the flavor of its interaction first-hand. Unlike PyMailCgi, there are no password constraints in PyErrata, so you can access all of its pages without any configuration steps.

PyErrata installs as a set of HTML files and Python CGI scripts, along with a few image files. As usual, you can simply point your web browser to the system's root page to run the system live while you study this chapter. Its root page currently lives here:[1]

[1] But be sure to see this book's web site,, for an updated link if the one listed here no longer works by the time you read this book. Web sites seem to change addresses faster than developers change jobs.

If you go to this address, your browser will be served the page shown in Figure 14-2. PyErrata supports both submission and browsing of comments and error reports; the four main links on this page essentially provide write and read access to its databases over the Web.

Figure 14-2. PyErrata main page


The static HTML code file downloaded to produce this page is listed in Example 14-1. The only parts we're interested in are shown in bold: links to the submission and browsing pages for comments and errata. There is more to this page, but we're only dealing with the parts shown in the screen shot. For instance, the site will eventually also include resource page HTML files (e.g., Python resources and changes), but we'll ignore those components in this book.

Example 14-1. PP2EInternetCgi-WebPyErratapyerrata.html


PyErrata: PP2E Errata Page


The PP2E Updates Page

Version 1.0, November 1999

<a href="">[Book Cover]</a> Welcome. This is the official place where corrections, supplements, and other supporting information for the book Programming Python, 2nd Edition are maintained. This site is also described in the book: most of its interaction is implemented in <a href="">Python</a> as server-side CGI scripts, and most submitted information is stored in files on the starship server.

You may both browse items, and submit new ones here. This site is primarily used for automatic, reader-controlled tracking of book corrections ("errata"); if you find a bug, please take a moment to fill out the errata submission form, so we can fix it in a later printing. Select a link below to submit or browse book-related items.


  • <a href="submitErrata.html">Errata report</a>
  • <a href="submitComment.html">General comment</a>


  • <a href="browseErrata.html">Errata reports</a>
  • <a href="browseComments.html">General comments</a>


  • <a href="resourceSupplements.html">Supplements</a>
  • <a href="resourcePythonchanges.html">Python changes</a>
  • <a href="resourcePatchfiles.html">Program patch files</a>

<a href="">[Python Logo]</a> <a href="http://PyInternetDemos.html">More examples</a>


Introducing Python

Part I: System Interfaces

System Tools

Parallel System Tools

Larger System Examples I

Larger System Examples II

Part II: GUI Programming

Graphical User Interfaces

A Tkinter Tour, Part 1

A Tkinter Tour, Part 2

Larger GUI Examples

Part III: Internet Scripting

Network Scripting

Client-Side Scripting

Server-Side Scripting

Larger Web Site Examples I

Larger Web Site Examples II

Advanced Internet Topics

Part IV: Assorted Topics

Databases and Persistence

Data Structures

Text and Language

Part V: Integration

Extending Python

Embedding Python

VI: The End

Conclusion Python and the Development Cycle

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Programming Python
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 1435455002
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2000
Pages: 245
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