Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 16)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Mon Nov 16 16:22:40 CET 2009

QOTW:  "The promise is 'batteries included.'  Nobody promised you a
nickel metal hydride battery that you can use as a replacement in your
Prius." - Stephen J. Turnbull

    Google's new language, Go, has similarities to Python:
    Is Python scalable enough for Google (or any other huge application)?
    Is it possible to get the physical memory address of a variable in python?
    Serialize objects as Python code:
    Overriding __getitem__ for a subclass of dict:
    Ensure a script is run with a certain range of Python versions:
    How to install applications when Python is not already present:
    Turtle graphics are just for kids - or not? Its advantages when teaching
    Python programming:
    Using dynamic property names:
    How can a module react differently when imported from one place or another?
    Sharing distributed objects between Python and C++:
    Beware: threads + import don't mix well!
    locals() and frame.f_locals return old data:
    Instantiate classes using names from the command line:
    New syntax proposal: if some_expression as x: do_something_with(x)
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" site:

    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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