Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 14)
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Fri Sep 15 00:49:39 CEST 2006
QOTW: "Regexps are a brittle tool, best tolerated in small doses." - Tim Peters
"Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability" - Edsger W. Dijkstra
eval(repr(var)) sometimes works for serialization but don't count on it.
More than you ever wanted to know about the types of regular expression
engines and their history.
Folks discuss their favorite libraries that make multiple and parallel
Could python be changed to have no reserved keywords? How about we make
the color of a variable change its meaning? A romp through PL/I, FORTRAN,
and Color Forth.
Text editors for writing python. Emacs and vi sit this one out and no
flame war erupts.
The string 'in' operator implementation is different between 2.4 and 2.5
(in 2.5 it got faster)
For small databases almost any will do. Here are suggestions.
Releases of Note
Python 2.5 Release Candidate 2 - This is your last chance to contribute
feedback before 2.5 Final.
XPN 0.6.5 - Multi-platform newsreader written in Python and GTK.
CoreBio 0.4 - a Python library for bioinformatics and computational biology
Leo 220.127.116.11 - Leo is a text editor, project manager, and more
Upcoming Community Events
Plone Conference 2006, October 25-27 (Seattle, Washington)
Open Source Developers Conference December 5-8 (Melbourne, Australia)
PyCon 2007, February 23-25 (Dallas, TX)
RuPy 2007, April 7-8 (Poznan, Poland)
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*
Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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