Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Mar 30)

Cameron Laird python-url at
Sat Mar 31 02:04:38 CEST 2007

QOTW:  "I have a fake supervisor reference generator for job interviews, a
fake house inspection generator for real estate transactions, and a fake
parole testimony generator - maybe you could adapt one of them
(unfortunately, they are written in dissembler)." - Paul McGuire

"... I think that [PyPy] is the most interesting work in CS in many
years." - Jacob Hallen

    PyPy 1.0 is ready--yippee!
    Notice Jacon Hallen's advertisement of the benefits of PyPy.
    Alex Martelli and Facundo Batista explain the Python perspective
    on timing-out HTTP requests:

    Paul McGuire illustrates the intent and use of his valuable
    pyparsing module:

    More Pythoneers should be familiar with timing and related
    measurements.  Alex Martellii aptly illustrates how rewarding
    it can be in the hands of a master:

    Mode of a collection is a sort of reverse-lookup statistic that
    interestingly models many other useful calculations.  Notice how
    succinctly idiomatic Python solves the problem:

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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