Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 11)
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Mon Jun 11 15:23:32 CEST 2007
QOTW: "That's the Martellibot for you. Never use a word where a paragraph
with explanatory footnotes will do.
Sigh. I miss him on c.l.py." - Simon Brunning
"Conclusion: advice to 'try Python for yourself' is apt in a way the
original questioner might not realize." - Cameron Laird
A small survey revealing so many people using Python
for so many different tasks...
"Bragging about Python": A call for good examples to
impress non-Pythoneers generates a nice and compact
solution to the 8 Queens problem by Paul McGuire.
Naming conventions again: this time, how people construct
meaningful names, and what they consider a "good" name:
Several attempts to speed up date conversions - and at the
end, perhaps one doesn't even *need* the conversion at all!
If you thought that you could not use multiple Python
interpreters inside the same process, you were wrong,
and this is how to do it:
Did you know that you could skip a value using string
interpolation? Here is the trick:
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
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
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
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
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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