The Python Book


I admit that I was a huge fan of the Python setuptools library for a long time. There was a lot in there which just resonated with how I thought that software development should work. I still think that the design of setuptools is amazing. Nobody would argue that setuptools was flawless and it certainly failed in many regards. The biggest problem probably was that it was build on Python's idiotic import system but there is only so little you can do about that. In general setuptools took the realistic approach to problem-solving: do the best you can do by writing a piece of software scratches the itch without involving a committee or require language changes. That also somewhat explains the second often cited problem of setuptools: that it's a monkeypatch on distutils.

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