Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Apr 2)

Cameron Laird python-url at
Mon Apr 2 21:47:12 CEST 2007

QOTW:  "This whole charset mess is not meant to be solved by mere 
mortals." - Thorsten Kampe, a day or so before solving his
symptom with a codecs method:
"... [T]here's almost never a reason to use the cmp= argument to sort()
anymore.  It's almost always better to use the key= argument." - STeVe

    wmi makes it easy for a Windows-hosted Python process to
    examine the process table:
    wmi does much else, too, of course; its documentation
    rewards study.

    Mind the Exceptions!  When overriding built-ins--and in many of
    life's other Pythonic moments--Exceptions are important to conform:
    John Nagle, Mark Dufour, Paul Boddie, ... usefully frame type annotation
    as a general issue of language development:
    Notice the larger thread to which this contributes advertises
    the virtues of Shed Skin 0.0.21.

    Testing has many specific idioms and ideas.  Python's relation to
    testing deserves wider understanding:

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.

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats".

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:

    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.

    Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
    Watch this space for links to them.

    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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