Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 2)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Wed Sep 2 19:27:55 CEST 2009

QOTW:  "I like how being very friendly means calling people after a guy who
tried to blow up the English Parliament." - Carl Banks

    unichr/ord cannot handle characters outside the BMP in a narrow build:
    How to determine if a class implements a particular interface:

    Igor Novikov provides a lovely small pure-Python extension to
    manage ARGB cursors in Tkinter.
    Why does `some_integer += 1` create a new integer object instead of
    incrementing the current value?
    Iterating and mutating a list from two or more threads:
    Mapping message identifiers to methods:
    A class definition doesn't introduce a new lexical scope - and that's
    a Good Thing [long thread]:
    A clean way of adding directories to the module search path:
    Recipe: convert an existing module into a package or sub-package
    Tools for designing professional-looking applications for Windows:
    The basics for doing Web applications in Python:
    What CAN'T be done in Python?
    Favorite debugging tools?
    In 3.1, print() requires the terminal to be correctly configured with
    respect to locale settings:
    Idea: expand the for statement to accept additional, nested 'for's and
    an '= if' clause:
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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