Did you know you can now develop services and applications in Python or Ruby with Oracle Tuxedo? The Tuxedo team have a blog post about it at Python and Ruby in Tuxedo. I used to think of Tuxedo as a Transaction Processing Monitor but it has evolved into much more.
PyOhio "The Free Ohio-based Python Miniconference" is on Saturday & Sunday July 25-26 at Ohio State University. On Sunday Catherine Devlin and Oracle Technology Network's Todd Trichler will have an Oracle/Python/Linux Tutorial. This will have something interesting for everyone. Even if you don't want to attend the tutorial fulltime, you can jump in for the bits important to you.Want to learn more about Python and Oracle, or ask questions about best Python practices - then...
Now that Python 3000 has been released, Anthony Tuininga has announced cx_Oracle 5.0, the latest version of the extension for Oracle Database access. His announcement email contains all the details. Among the new features, it support Oracle 11g Connection Pooling (DRCP) fully now and allows the connection class to be set. This enables maximum reuse of the Oracle pooled server processes by applications.
Mark Harrison, from Pixar Animation Studios, recently announced the first release of "OraPig", which creates Python interfaces for PL/SQL packages. The documentation is a good place to get an overview: http://www.markharrison.net/orapig/The project itself is hosted at http://code.google.com/p/orapig/
The cx_Oracle 4.3.3 extension module for Python was released on Tuesday. It is available on Sourceforge. Source and RPMs for various versions of Python and Oracle are available. This is the first release that is available with 11g support (though, of course, Oracle clients and databases of different releases can connect to each other).
On his blog tahitiviews.blogspot.com, John Russell has posted a couple of exploratory articles on Python and Perl comparing them with PL/SQL. The observant person might recall that tahiti.oracle.com is a front page to Oracle's Database, Application Server and Collaboration Suite documentation. John does a lot of scripting magic with an ever changing set of manuals to build up an excellent online documentation system.