Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 17)
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Mon Nov 17 16:54:22 CET 2008
QOTW: "I stopped paying much attention to this thread a while ago, but
you've got to admire the persistence of somebody who soldiers on even
though Aahz, Fredrik Lund, and Steve Holden are all on the other side of
the argument..." - Grant Edwards
Duck-typing and type assertions: how much to check for type validity:
Why do generators have separate next() and send methods?
Explicit self is here to stay:
Pros and cons of using "private" parameters to store function state
How to obtain a reference to the "current" module:
A regular expression to match all Unicode punctuation characters:
sqlite3 and MySQLdb cursors behave differently in certain cases:
Unrelated types are not comparable by default in Python 3 - so a list
conta= ining a few None elements cannot be sorted. [plus: the intended
usage of lists, tuples, and a hypothetical `frozenlist` type]:
An inspiringly unusual use of Python:
The way editors handle indentation -triggered by speech
recognition- should be improved:
Handling errors by means of exceptions: best practice:
Inverting a dictionary - that is, building its inverse mapping from
value to list of keys:
Candidate to *Longest and Most Boring Thread of the Year* - started
more than a month ago, currently discussing "The official definition
of call-by-value", and "What't the value of an object":
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
Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:
The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats":
The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:
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
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.
The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
Watch this space for links to them.
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available, see:
For more, see:
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
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