Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Feb 9)
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Wed Feb 9 11:22:55 CET 2005
QOTW: "Such infrastructure building is in fact fun and instructive -- as
long as you don't fall into the trap of *using* such complications in
production code, where Python's simplicity rules;-)." -- Alex Martelli
"C++ to Python is a steep 'unlearning' curve..." -- Philip Smith
"URK -- _my_ feeling is that we have entirely *too many* options for
stuff like web application frameworks, GUI toolkits, XML processing,
..." -- Alex Martelli
"We should concentrate on *real* problems, ones that exist in real code,
not ones that mostly exist in wild-eyed prose that consists of
predictions of pain and death that conspicuously fail to occur, no matter
how many times they are repeated or we are exhorted to heed them or face
our doom." -- Jeremy Bowers
Special thanks this week to Dean Goodmanson for his help identifying
The Online Computer Library Center contest is open. It
closes May 15. Among the usual C++ and Java languages, Python
also is available for selection:
Baoqui Chi runs into a documented, but easily overlooked, trap
in the handling of __del__ methods and receives good advice on
Steve Holden explains how to think about bytecode management:
in a conversation aimed at Pyro improvement.
Michael Tobis sparks off a discussion on the underlying nature
of generators and offers a caution on jumping to conclusions
about the writings of non-native English speakers:
Derek finds out that the Python interpereter is smarter about
finding resources than it lets on:
irc.freenode.net #python is overcrowded: the entrance now
routes to #python-cleese or #python-gilliam:
Steve Holden provides an evocative illustration that the rules
are there for a reason, even if breaking them doesn't hit you
In response to a question about rewriting exceptions to include
more information, Stefan Behnel gets a couple of rather useful
Netcraft Reports 33K Zope servers in January, 55K in February!
Joakim Stork discovers that thanks to classes being first class
objects in Python, sometimes the best solution is so simple it's
often possible to miss it entirely:
Someone posts an interesting attempt at a cross-platform way to
discover the user's home directory:
Metaclasses are handy things. Steven Bethard demonstrates a nice
simple use case:
As John Machin demonstrates, generating SQL in Python doesn't
have to be ugly:
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
Notice especially the master FAQ
PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous daily python url
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of intelligently summarizing
action on the python-dev mailing list once every other week.
The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.
Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."
Python Success Stories--from air-traffic control to on-line
match-making--can inspire you or decision-makers to whom you're
subject with a vision of what the language makes practical.
The Python Software Foundation (PSF) has replaced the Python
Consortium as an independent nexus of activity. It has official
responsibility for Python's development and maintenance.
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
editor at pythonjournal.com and editor at pythonjournal.cognizor.com
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.
deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
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