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 1.. _tut-whatnow:
 4What Now?
 7Reading this tutorial has probably reinforced your interest in using Python ---
 8you should be eager to apply Python to solving your real-world problems. Where
 9should you go to learn more?
11This tutorial is part of Python's documentation set.   Some other documents in
12the set are:
14* :ref:`library-index`:
16  You should browse through this manual, which gives complete (though terse)
17  reference material about types, functions, and the modules in the standard
18  library.  The standard Python distribution includes a *lot* of additional code.
19  There are modules to read Unix mailboxes, retrieve documents via HTTP, generate
20  random numbers, parse command-line options, write CGI programs, compress data,
21  and many other tasks. Skimming through the Library Reference will give you an
22  idea of what's available.
24* :ref:`install-index` explains how to install external modules written by other
25  Python users.
27* :ref:`reference-index`: A detailed explanation of Python's syntax and
28  semantics.  It's heavy reading, but is useful as a complete guide to the
29  language itself.
31More Python resources:
33*  The major Python Web site.  It contains code,
34  documentation, and pointers to Python-related pages around the Web.  This Web
35  site is mirrored in various places around the world, such as Europe, Japan, and
36  Australia; a mirror may be faster than the main site, depending on your
37  geographical location.
39*  Fast access to Python's  documentation.
41* The Python Package Index, previously also nicknamed
42  the Cheese Shop, is an index of user-created Python modules that are available
43  for download.  Once you begin releasing code, you can register it here so that
44  others can find it.
46* The Python Cookbook is a
47  sizable collection of code examples, larger modules, and useful scripts.
48  Particularly notable contributions are collected in a book also titled Python
49  Cookbook (O'Reilly & Associates, ISBN 0-596-00797-3.)
51For Python-related questions and problem reports, you can post to the newsgroup
52:newsgroup:`comp.lang.python`, or send them to the mailing list at  The newsgroup and mailing list are gatewayed, so
54messages posted to one will automatically be forwarded to the other.  There are
55around 120 postings a day (with peaks up to several hundred), asking (and
56answering) questions, suggesting new features, and announcing new modules.
57Before posting, be sure to check the list of `Frequently Asked Questions
58<>`_ (also called the FAQ), or look for it in the
59:file:`Misc/` directory of the Python source distribution.  Mailing list
60archives are available at The FAQ answers
61many of the questions that come up again and again, and may already contain the
62solution for your problem.
64.. Postings figure based on average of last six months activity as
65   reported by; Jan. 2000 - June 2000: 21272 msgs / 182
66   days = 116.9 msgs / day and steadily increasing. (XXX up to date figures?)