Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 22)
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Mon May 22 17:45:10 CEST 2006
QOTW: "It's hard to make a mistake by having too many short and simple
functions. And much too easy to make them when you have too few ;-)"
- Thomas Bartkus
"Argh, the following is valid Python syntax: assert a is not b - XXX
- Armin Rigo (found on Michael Hudson's blog)
A GREAT Python event is taking place right now:
Python does not encourage one-liners, but when they work they are often
beautiful and efficient, like this one for counting distinct lines in a
Starting with Python 2.4 you may have to explicitly mask away the bits
that used to fall off the edge of the world in previous versions.
Paul Cannon is working on Noodle, a lisp flavour targeting Python bytecode.
Modules lack a __getattr__ method. However, that is not a limitation in
Mike Foord and John J. Lee have teamed to improve the "Missing urllib2
Manual" slated to become an official Howto.
When Python balks at printing non-ascii characters to stdout, the shell
is likely to be the culprit, as Serge Orlov and others work out.
Dave Kuhlman has updated his FAQ concerning XML handling with Python.
Among the folks Bruce Eckel has interviewed are Guido van Rossum
and Jim Fulton.
Still undecided whether you need "wxPython in Action", the new book
written by Noel Rappin and Robin Dunn (the latter also the main developer
of the wxPython GUI framework)? Get a feel for what to expect from this
If you want to access only part of a pickle file cPickle has a
fast-forward that avoids loading stuff you are not interested in.
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.
Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-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.
Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
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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