Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 13)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Mon Aug 13 13:19:12 CEST 2007

QOTW:  "The first time you see twenty tons of machinery move unexpectedly
because you inadvertently changed one bit in memory, you become very 
conservative about your software platform." - Walt Leipold

"Making use of the available wrappers for current Tk libraries such as
BWidgets, Tile, Tablelist, TkTreeCtrl, and so on allows you to make UI's
every bit as polished as what comes with wxPython ..." - Kevin Walzer

    Looking for the best programs written entirely in
    `a==b` vs. `a is b` revisited, with some advice on
    when to use one test or another:
    Pros and cons of "desktop web" applications vs. native
    started as
    When is OK to use __del__?
    Leipzig is the site of the second "Python im deutschsprachigen
    Raum 2007".  Among the presentations likely to reward both novices
    and experienced Pythoneers are ones on Web applications, use of
    Python in science, developer tools in Python, and Python for
    simulations in aerospace.                                  
    Somewhat related to previous topic: how to ensure a
    generator object is closed in Python 2.4?
    Discussing Python threading model, the GIL, Stackless,
    and possible future alternatives:
    "Use spaces for space and use tabs for tables": A
    Python song, by James Stroud
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.

    Just beginning with Python?  This page is a great place to start:

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats":
    The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:

    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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