Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 19)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Mon May 19 19:49:51 CEST 2008

QOTW:  "IIRC the idea was so that managers could write programs in English.
It failed because nobody could write a parser that would handle something
like 'The bottom line is that the stakeholder group requires the situation
going forward to be such as to facilitate the variable known as x to provide
the same outcome when stimulated by dereferencing as the variable known as
y'." - John Machin,
    from his oral history of COBOL

    A problem with async_chat.push and why it works that way:
    How to remove dictionary entries when iterating over it:
    Classmethods: why do they exist, and its behavior compared with metaclass

    Free PDFs of *Python Magazine* available:
    Two problems due to the "all objects are comparable by default" philosophy 
    in Python 2.x:
    A hundred ways of writing the FizzBuzz test - and whether it is effective
    or not:
    Why to learn Python if one doesn't have to:
    How to create a restricted (safer) Python environment:
    How to emulate the "indexed property" concept from Object Pascal:
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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