Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 4)
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Mon Oct 4 23:59:19 CEST 2004
QOTW: "...then we get a signal through, then various miracles occur, and
the conclusion is, 'You mean it only takes thirteen lines of code to do
that? Our software folks said it's not possible.'
Cameron Laird, on his typical experience with industrial automation projects
"In fact what you'd really like is a 'resumption' object created by raising
the exception, that you can pass control to at any time, sort of like
yielding from a generator. Maybe you're getting deja vu now, since this is
basically what Stackless Python continuations were."
Paul Rubin, on the idea of resumable exceptions
Marco Aschwanden and others weigh the virtues of the commercial Python
IDEs WingIDE and Komodo.
Thomas wonders about the speed of getting a list of directories via
os.listdir() and os.path.isdir(), and gets suggestions for interesting
platform specific optimizations.
Jacek Generowicz is looking for a metaclass that would allow
introducing several methods with the same name in a class, spawning a
long and educational thread about metaclasses and learning a simpler
way of achieving the goal using the upcoming decorator syntax.
Bishara Gabriel publishes a proposal aiming to introduce Python and
object oriented approach to the realm of social sciences.
Srijit Kumar Bhadra posts a version of the same program using
PythonNet, IronPython and Boo, showcasing the similarity in the way
code is written.
Connelly Barnes has written "htmldata", a module that can convert html
documents to basic Python data structures and back.
Martin Maney relays information about the Python slant of Ubuntu,
the Debian-derivative that has been gathering lots of users and
attention even before the official release.
Wolfgang Keller can't find the libraries he needs for industrial
control applications. A discussion about the sorry state of software
for industrial control in general, and the suitability of Python in
particular ensues. People actually seem to have plans for improving
Alia Khouri needs to "sell" Python to his company.
Andrew Kuchling would like to see the focus of Python development
moving away from hacking the interpreter and towards improving the
Paul Rubin, Nick Craig-Wood, et al. exhibit experts' thoughts on
sorting and memory use.
Larry Bates argues that we shouldn't curtail the life of
"debugging" code. Steve Holden, Ian Parker, and others provide
examples, and consider concrete uses of assert() and __debug__.
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.
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