Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 12)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Wed Aug 13 01:24:38 CEST 2008

QOTW:  "... XML Schema ... include[s] 44 built-in types and a complex set
of rules for defining additional types, encompassing atomic, simple, complex,
primitive, derived, list, union, and anonymous types, as well as two forms of
inheritance, twelve 'constraining facets', substitution groups, and various
other features." - Don Chamberlin

"The whole XML world has migrated from 'It is deliberately simple so all
languages can play' to 'Let's complexify it so those pesky GPL guys can't
keep up.'" - Harry George

    Comparing the speed of a fixed algorithm in Python, Java and other
    Don't rely on eval(repr(x))==x even for unit tests only:
    How to find out if an object is a class:
    Cleanly exiting from a thread when Ctrl-C is pressed:
    An optimization experiment using Psyco:
    The advantage of using asynchat over plain asyncore:
    How to sort a list on multiple keys:
    How was your first Python impression, when you read Python code for
    the first time?
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:

    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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