Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 21)
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Mon Jan 21 17:20:55 CET 2008
QOTW: "I'd say Java was never sexy, but dressed up in expensive lingerie by
marketing maniacs..." - Diez B. Roggisch
"I must say that the richness that list comprehensions, generators and
iterators have brought to Python are well nigh immeasurable." - Uche Ogbuji
Four newbie questions:
* What are __new__ and __init__?:
* call-by-object and assignment explained (two threads):
* Why the name "list" is used instead of "array"?
* Useful comments about a simple program: counting repeated
numbers from a file:
A short explanation about Unicode and encodings, by Martin Löwis:
Computing all combinations from multiple lists - several
APyB, the Brazilian Python Association, proudly announces
that the upcoming International Free Software Forum, one of
the biggest FLOSS events in the world, with more than 5 thousand
participants in 2007, will have a dedicated Python track this
year, with 14 talks related to Python and 3 training sessions:
Pairing two lists: from simple to rather complex answers:
Tips to find memory leaks:
Python playes games, and more:
Arguments in a function call are evaluated before checking its
number - a missing comma is very significant!
Django is available for Jython, if you use the right branches:
Much the same is true for TurboGears ...
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
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
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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