Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 10)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Wed Jun 10 18:00:39 CEST 2009

QOTW:  "Most power systems math can be summed this way: take a really big
number and multiply by the square root of two." - iceowl
    The chuzer project provides a means for severely disabled people to
    express their most basic needs. The project desperately needs help,
    or it will die.
    Never heard of this - guys competing to see whose is shorter!
    Correctly implementing __copy__ and __deepcopy__ with multiple inheritance:
    An overly complicated proposed function leads to discuss good API design
    List, tuple, set: when to use each type:
    Comparing programming languages: how to do the same thing on several
    Generating a dynamic plot of x-y data:
    __hash__, __eq__, dictionaries, and the big-Oh notation:
    The unladen-swallow project, the LLVM virtual machine, and how they
    relate to the future of CPython:
    Accessing data located in the filesystem, inside a package directory:
    Closures in Python don't work exactly the same as in other languages:
    How to iterate over several lists, one after another?
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 enthusiasts":
    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.

    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.

    Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.

    *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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