Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 21)

Gabriel Genelli python-url at
Mon May 21 14:48:55 CEST 2007

QOTW:  "A java class full of static methods translates to a python
module populated with functions in general." - Arnaud Delobelle

"Neurons are far more valuable than disk space, screen lines, or
CPU cycles." - Ben Finney

    How do people install Python and libraries in a server without
    root access?

    Inference of column data types in csv files, accomodation for 
    wrong items and even Bayesian inference can improve trust in
    computed results:
    A proposed change on dict and set documented behavior highlights
    the differences between PHP style for docs and Python's:
    You refactored code, yet your pickled instances still use
    the old class names and so refuse to load.  Here are ways
    to load them successfully again:
    The ever-lasting question "Which is the best web framework?" as an
    excuse to analyze some high traffic sites and its architectures,
    plus insights from Alex Martelli:
    John Nagle captures Python in a single taxonomic paragraph, and
    Alex Martelli details his GUI preferences, in a thread valuable
    for more than just the beginners its original poster might have

    Comparing Python to other languages, plus "popularity" statistics
    from Google:
    Don't use os.close on sockets directly:
    One of the longest threads in history, started last week and still
    going: PEP 3131, allowing non-ASCII identifiers.
    How long does it take to "uniquify" a collection?

    There are many ways to treat data (packaged here in a file) as code.
    Some of them appear in this thread:

    How *does* a stylish Pythoneer emit the binary representation of
    an integer?

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, Planet Python indexes
    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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