Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 17)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Thu Sep 17 15:54:21 CEST 2009

QOTW:  "Python the language doesn't try to satisfy all tastes in language
design equally." - Guido van Rossum
    Is it really necesary to explicitely close open files?
    Tips for using Unicode text (specially with non-Latin alphabets):
    How are class attributes exactly inherited, and how they relate to
    instance attributes:
    Automatic attribute assignment during class inheritance:
    Composition: delegating all method calls to the contained object may
    be tedious to write -- alternatives?
    Calling all bases implementation of overriden methods in cases of
    multiple inheritance:
    Sometimes, a scope for local variables smaller than a function is desired:
    More ways to define an empty function that you ever imagined:
    There is real advantage in putting the main program body inside a function:
    Using several Python interpreters in a multithreaded C++ program:
    Best way to store global application parameters:
    A portable way to open a document using its associated application:
    Getting your first job as a Python programmer:
    Idea: a namespace object (nested attribute container):
    Idea: multithreading might be easier if most objects were immutable:
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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