Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Dec 27)
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QOTW: "My wild-ass guess is that, same as most other Open Source
communities, we average about one asshole per member." - Tim Peters
"[T]he only fundamentally new concept that has been added since Python
1.5.2 is generators. And a lot of the stuff you want generators for
can be emulated with sequences and extra buffer layers." - Fredrik Lundh
gene tani and Olivier Grisel collect information about memory- and
Python builds in a convenience for, "this segment of
code isn't finished."
You want to constrain the time allowed to a particular
Python function to execute. A reasonably standard solution
is available. To limit *two* potentially concurrent functions,
though ... well, that's not a strength of Python:
Contest your Python coding:
Sorting depends on comparisons. It is NOT possible, in
general, to memoize these comparisons, in the sense that
the Python run-time library should take on the responsibility
for developers. DSU and other situation-specific strategies
always remains available, of course:
Yes, Guido's at Google. He'll work on and with Python.
How much more "official" do you need it to be?
Peter Hansen and David Wahler lucidly explain how hard it
is to keep even a little security. A digital datum in any
one useful place is likely to leak all over, even for a
problem as seemingly simple as protection of a password
used for cron-automated access:
Is it "humane" that Ruby typically abbreviates "get(end)"
as "last"? Dave Benjamin and Kent Johnson discuss the
matter seriously and usefully (with examples!):
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
For far, FAR more Python reading than any one mind should
absorb, much of it quite interesting, several pages index
much of the universe of Pybloggers.
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
Steve Bethard, Tim Lesher, and Tony Meyer continue the marvelous
tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson and Brett
Cannon 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
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.
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*
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