Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 13)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
Wed Jan 13 15:37:23 CET 2010

QOTW:  "... if I want to know something new (be it a computer language or
anything else, such as economics, history, science) I skip the introductory
material and go directly to the discussion, to the issues. This is for me
the most effective and interesting way of learning something new. And if
there is too much consensus, I don't take the topic seriously...:-) This is
the reason why I like your summaries so much." - Marko Loparic, on his
judgment of 'Python-URL!'

    The second alpha release of Python 2.7 -the last major version in the 2.x
    series- has been recently released:

    Giampaolo Rodola on how to correctly use asyncore:

    Small differences on how list comprehensions and generator expressions
    handle inner exceptions (old thread):

    What's the best strategy to speed up multiple downloads: threads,
    processes, Twisted...?

    Why were exceptions chosen as the primary error handling mechanism?
    Also, guidelines for designing a good API regarding errors.

    Lists, arrays, abstract data types, and promised algorithmic
    complexity (for language lawyers only):

    Lightweight encryption of a text file:

    How exec/locals/globals interact themselves:

    Looking for a "modern" configuration file format:

    Tips on improving a bad database design and application logic:

    Some people feels that reporting a bug in Python is not as simple as
    it should be:

    Is Python not good enough? -- or, why Google choose to develop the
    Go language?

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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