Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 27)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Tue Jan 27 14:11:06 CET 2009

QOTW:  "Whatever sufficiently sophisticated topic was ... initially
discussed it ends all up in a request for removing reference counting
and the GIL." - Kay Schluehr

    Looking for a different kind of (editor|environment|interfase) like
    TextCalc for Python:
    Inheritance, encapsulation, and hungarian notation:
    True, False, None, and the "==" and "is" operators:
    Mixing True/False and ints can confuse:
    A short (but very interesting) essay on names, expressions, variables,
    and binding, by Mark Wooding:
    Using the struct module to handle variable-sized data types:
    Experienced Pythonistas give advice on improving programming skills:

    Kaspersky mentions Python as vector for handset infection:
    Running Python code on the client side from a web app:
    A new Counter class (similar to bag/multiset in other languages) was
    added to the collections module:
    The longest thread until now, started previous week. Now discussing
    enforced data hiding and the Scada language, team management, and who
    knows what (I gave up!)
    Another very long thread: RPython and PyPy advantages, the GIL,
    concurrency issues on modern CPU architectures, and removing the
    GIL (again!):

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

    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.

    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.

    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, see:
    For more, see:
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation. 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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