Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 21)
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Tue Oct 21 16:08:01 CEST 2008
QOTW: "Trust me. Sean is absolutely correct. I'm currently in the process
of converting a large Perl project to Python (and learning Python at the
same time) and the improvement in code is incredible. After you learn
Python, you'll come to despise Perl." - Pat
A class decorator is a better choice than a metaclass for some tasks,
according to R. Hettinger:
Dealing with character encodings other than ASCII still appears to
Alternative ways to work with a database - other than plain DBAPI or
using an ORM:
Default mutable arguments, newbies that never read docs, and antigravity
(continued from previous week):
Call-by-value? Call-by-reference? Call-by-object? Call-by-name? Which is
the right term?
Using reversed domain names as package identifiers is discouraged:
Python certification: should exist? would it be a good thing?
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
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
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.
The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
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, see:
For more, see:
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
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*
Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
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