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