Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 9)
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Tue Sep 9 22:24:32 CEST 2008
QOTW: "So why am I supposed to care about SOAP again? Oh yes, the wizards
I can use to generate 'web service end-points' from programming language
code. My years in the SOAP trenches just makes me laugh myself half to
death at that notion: I would probably have been twice as productive if
every time I reached for a SOAP toolkit I instead just coded straight XML in
HTTP. And this represents experience with Python, Java and C WS tools." - Uche
How to cancel instance creation given certain conditions:
Implement a dictionary with case-insensitive keys:
The behavior of hash():
A generic attempt to add "verbosity" to scripts:
max() and sum() applied to empty sequences, or those containing None,
and how these differ from their SQL counterparts:
Distributed processes, multiple threads, multicore CPUs: what are
Allowing underscores or other punctuation inside numeric literals:
How to manage two interdependent properties:
A generic GUI library, and the future of GUI development:
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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