QOTW: "Python is a revelation to me as a language that grows with the ability of the programmer, which creates a multi-level community not too centered on one-upmanship to nurture new talent." - John K Masters
"Python is a well designed language that focuses on a few simple ideas (name semantics, dictionaries, simplicity of expression, trusting the programmer) to make a surprisingly powerful and expressive language." - Steven Rumbalski
Why should I learn python? http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/e0ec3289a995997e/ Examining (the lack of) access specifiers in Python and how "information hiding" is obtained http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/71ef60e2d3203702/ (FAQ) Two names referencing the same mutable object. Pointers, references, the Java model, and how things are different in C++. http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/d05183ffe7d473c1/ The module operator (%) differs slightly from its C counterpart http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/a559c5ab2b8fe45a/ Several ways to generate unique identifiers http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/3db6fef289d93a9c/ Extending the Borg pattern to support distinct groups of objects http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/8cc3b3bc924ed0f6/ exec and the local and global namespaces http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/16eaad6c94c4daed/ Generating "safe" filenames suitable for different platforms. http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/aae0fbf0a370c761/
======================================================================== Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these pages:
Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional center of Pythonia http://www.python.org Notice especially the master FAQ http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the marvelous daily python url http://www.pythonware.com/daily Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new) World-Wide Web articles related to Python. http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL are utterly different in their technologies and generally in their results. Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start: http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats": http://pythonpapers.org/ The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python: http://pythonmagazine.com Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites: http://planetpython.org http://planet.python.org comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be sure to scan this newsgroup weekly. http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..." Updates appear more-than-weekly: http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html Steve Bethard continues the marvelous tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson, Brett Cannon, Tony Meyer, and Tim Lesher of intelligently summarizing action on the python-dev mailing list once every other week. http://www.python.org/dev/summary/ The Python Package Index catalogues packages. http://www.python.org/pypi/ The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references to all sorts of Python resources. http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/ Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group mailing lists http://www.python.org/sigs/ 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. http://www.pythonology.com/success 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. http://www.python.org/psf/ Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation. http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches. http://www.google.com/groups?as_usubject=weekly%20python%20patch Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python hyperlinks retains a few gems. http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html Python FAQTS http://python.faqts.com/ The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and interesting recipes. http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation. Watch this space for links to them. Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are http://www.python.org/channews.rdf http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi http://python.de/backend.php For more, see http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a SourceForge reincarnation. http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/ The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work. del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary. It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence. http://del.icio.us/tag/python *Py: the Journal of the Python Language* http://www.pyzine.com Archive probing tricks of the trade: http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100 http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lang.python.*
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