ANN: eGenix mx Base Package 2.0.6 (mxDateTime, mxTextTools, etc.)

Discussion in 'Python' started by M.-A. Lemburg, Dec 6, 2004.

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    ANNOUNCING mx Base Extension Package

    Version 2.0.6

    Open Source Python extensions providing important and useful
    services for Python programmers.



    The mx Base Extensions for Python are a collection of
    professional quality software tools which enhance Python's usability
    in many important areas such as fast text searching, date/time
    processing and high speed data types.

    The tools have a proven record of being portable across many Unix and
    Windows platforms. You can write applications which use the tools on
    Windows and then run them on Unix platforms without change due to the
    consistent platform independent interfaces.

    All available packages have proven their stability and usefulness in
    many mission critical applications and various commercial settings all
    around the world.

    * About Python:
    Python is an object-oriented Open Source programming language which
    runs on all modern platforms ( By integrating
    ease-of-use, clarity in coding, enterprise application connectivity
    and rapid application design, Python establishes an ideal programming
    platform for todays IT challenges.

    * About eGenix:
    eGenix is a consulting and software product company focused on
    providing professional quality services and products to Python
    users and developers (



    The new version includes patches needed to compile the package
    for Python 2.4. It now supports all Python versions 1.5.2 - 2.4.

    As always we are providing pre-compiled versions of the package for
    Windows and Linux as well as sources which allow you to install the
    package on all other supported platforms.



    mxDateTime - Generic Date/Time Types

    mxDateTime is an extension package that provides three new object
    types, DateTime, DateTimeDelta and RelativeDateTime, which let
    you store and handle date/time values in a very convenient way.

    You can add, subtract and even multiply instances, pickle and
    copy them and convert the results to strings, COM dates, ticks
    and some other more esoteric values. In addition, there are
    several convenient constructors and formatters at hand to greatly
    simplify dealing with dates and times in real-world applications.

    In addition to providing an easy-to-use Python interface the
    package also exports a comfortable C API interface for other
    extensions to build upon. This is especially interesting for
    database applications which often have to deal with date/time
    values (the mxODBC package is one example of an extension using
    this interface).

    mxTextTools - Fast Text Processing Tools

    mxTextTools is an extension package for Python that provides
    several useful functions and types that implement
    high-performance text manipulation and searching algorithms in
    addition to a very flexible and extendable state machine, the
    Tagging Engine, that allows scanning and processing text based on
    low-level byte-code "programs" written using Python tuples. It
    gives you access to the speed of C without the need to do any
    compile and link steps every time you change the parsing

    Applications include parsing structured text, finding and
    extracting text (either exact or using translation tables) and
    recombining strings to form new text.

    mxStack - Fast and Memory-Efficient Stack Type

    mxStack is an extension package that provides a new object type
    called Stack. It works much like what you would expect from such
    a type, having .push() and .pop() methods and focuses on
    obtaining maximum speed at low memory costs.

    mxTools - Collection of Additional Built-Ins

    mxTools is an extension package that includes a collection of
    handy functions and objects giving additional functionality in
    form of new built-ins to the Python programmer.

    The package auto-installs the new functions and objects as
    built-ins upon first import. This means that they become
    instantly available to all other modules without any further
    action on your part. Add the line import NewBuiltins to your script and they will be available to all users at your
    site as if they were installed in the Python interpreter itself.

    mxProxy - Generic Proxy Wrapper Type

    mxProxy is an extension package that provides a new type that is
    suitable to implement Bastion like features without the need to
    use restricted execution environments.

    The type's main features are secure data encapsulation (the
    hidden objects are not accessible from Python since they are
    stored in internal C structures), customizable attribute lookup
    methods and a cleanup protocol that helps in breaking circular
    references prior to object deletion. In addition to being
    able to completely hide objects from the Python run-time,
    the module also provides a generic implementation of weak
    reference that works for all Python objects.

    mxBeeBase - On-disk B+Tree Based Database Kit

    mxBeeBase is a high performance construction kit for disk based
    indexed databases. It offers components which you can plug
    together to easily build your own custom mid-sized databases (the
    current size limit is sizeof(long) which gives you an address
    range of around 2GB on 32-bit platforms).

    The two basic building blocks in mxBeeBase are storage and
    index. Storage is implemented as variable record length data
    storage with integrated data protection features, automatic data
    recovery and locking for multi process access. Indexes use a high
    performance optimized B+Tree implementation built on top of
    Thomas Niemann's Cookbook B+Tree implementation



    The download archives and instructions for installing the packages can
    be found at:



    The eGenix mx Base package is distributed under the Public
    License which is a Python 2.0 style Open Source license. You can use
    the package in both commercial and non-commercial settings without
    fee or charge.

    The package comes with full source code



    Commercial quality support for these packages is available from Software GmbH. Please see

    for details about our support offerings.

    Marc-Andre Lemburg

    Professional Python Services directly from the Source (#1, Dec 06 2004)
    >>> Python/Zope Consulting and Support ...
    >>> mxODBC.Zope.Database.Adapter ...
    >>> mxODBC, mxDateTime, mxTextTools ...


    ::: Try mxODBC.Zope.DA for Windows,Linux,Solaris,FreeBSD for free ! ::::
    M.-A. Lemburg, Dec 6, 2004
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