Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Dec 4)

Paul Boddie python-url at
Mon Dec 4 20:12:02 CET 2006

QOTW:  "We of all people should understand Worse Is Better. And I forgot
to mention a little flash in the pan called Python, for which Tkinter (2+2
left as an exercise) is the GUI of choice." - Ken Tilton (on comp.lang.lisp,
perhaps stretching the meaning of "of choice" somewhat)

"It isn't that mobile platforms speak a different language to the web:
they're perfectly capable of running AJAX software, from Python to JavaScript
to full-blown Java and Flash." - Andrew Orlowski, The Register, "The mobile
web: in praise of conv ... divergence"

Still, comp.lang.python manages to score a less than on-topic quote of
the week:  "> If you compare eclipse to VS, it is not that memory hungry.
And if you compare Saturn to Jupiter, it's not that big." -- sjdevnull
responding to hg

    A provisional PyCon schedule has been made available with three... no,
    four lightning talk sessions:
    Python's "benevolent dictator" himself gave a talk recently, as
    previously mentioned in Python-URL!, and Niall Kennedy summarises the
    content for those not in attendance:
    Fof us who skimmed PEP 263 and thought that only "emacs-style" 
    comments were allowed when telling Python about source file encodings, a 
    careful re-reading is advised. Examples for vim users are provided in the 
    context of a source code tidier, PythonTidy:
    Ravi Teja spells out communications architectures and mechanisms in the 
    context of CORBA:
    The One Laptop Per Child developers and testers briefly consider Python 
    development environments (in the context of things Alan Kay presented at 
    EuroPython 2006):
    ... while the "Python in education" special interest group mulls over
    the notion of a "view source" button for running programs:
    E..and the best way to try the latest Python-related developments
    in the OLPC project:
    Reconstructor is an Ubuntu Linux Live CD creator written in Python and 
    licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL):

Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:'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
    their results.

    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.

    Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
    Updates appear more-than-weekly:

    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.

    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
    mailing lists

    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.

    Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
    hyperlinks retains a few gems.

    Python FAQTS

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.

    Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
    For more, see
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.

    The online Python Journal is posted at
    editor at and editor at
    welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
    of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work. presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:*

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