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I recently got assigned a new task at work. The bosses wanted me to create a tool that would generate large test files. The thing needed to run on a Linux server. The files needed to be in some XML format.

I was told I could choose any programming language I wanted. Great. I had always wanted to develop some professional experience in the Python programming language. Now was the time. I never got to take a college class in Python. But I did read a book and work through a couple sample problems on my own.

The good news is that I did take a class on XML. I am hoping that the target Linux box has Python installed on it. Otherwise I might need to fall back to using Java. I have taken a couple college classes in Java. The most recent one was a really good one.

I am amazed at how easy it is to read, manipulate, and create XML files with the Python standard library. Good stuff. Now I just need to hunker down and figure out the business rules. Those are the ones that always take up the design and development time.