Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jul 9)
Emile van Sebille
emile at fcfw.fenx.com
Tue Jul 10 00:14:32 CEST 2001
Pythonic Quote of the Week...
The existence of rapid development interpreters like Perl
and Python, combined with a wide array of modules providing
quick interfaces to various protocols, servers, and
functionalities, heralds the beginning of *real* rapid
application development. The long delayed promise is finally
a reality. This new ability provides a great revenue model
for the small, independent software developer, as well as
the employee who loves to get in, make a mark, and go on to
the next project. It yields cost savings, revenue increases,
and better designed software to corporations.
- Steve Litt http://www.troubleshooters.com/tpromag/200101/200101.htm
If you need a patch to get win32ras working on win9x, Les Schaffer
has one you can help him test.
Dave Cole makes a sequence-to-CSV tool available. Too bad the one
I have to write this week isn't in Python...
On the distributed extension/module front, Paul Prescod shows us
how ActiveState uses pyppm to install modules.
... and imagines how easy it may someday be.
... while Bruce Sass suggests we take a closer look at adapting the
Debian package manager apt - Advanced Package Tool.
Alex Martelli points out a *fast* way to extract the phone number
from a formatted string.
Martin von Lewis responds to a laundry list of valid quibbles to be
found in the standard library.
... and Carlos Ribeiro suggests a new PEP to set standards for additions to the Library.
In the Current Events column: While the Fourth was celebrated in
the States, in France freedom was celebrated differently. The
Python Track at the Libre Software Meeting started July 4th, and
we're waiting to hear how the European Python Meeting went last
weekend as part of the larger LSM get together. Watch for news.
... and now for something entirely different - ehh, maybe not.
But, join Greg Ward over the next two weeks as Monty Python hits
the big screen in Montreal.
Gerhard Haring wants to put a Python team together for 72 hours
of non-stop fun competing to win the International Functional
... See the contest homepage for details. Prizes are offered!
Win bragging rights!
Jason R. Mastaler releases the next version of Tagged Message
Delivery Agent (TMDA), a Python application for qmail systems
designed to significantly reduce the amount of SPAM you get.
C. Laurence Gonsalves points us to a warning about Microsoft's
new OS, XP. It looks like deja vue all over again. Couldn't they
just as easily have used dongles? ;-)
To gain an appreciation of just how hard Python authors have worked
and what they've gone through, Chris Barker points us to Philip
Greenspun's story on writing a dead-trees computer book. As a result,
AMK's book is not due out soon.
Kragen Sitaker warns that exec and eval are an easy way to write
code that works some of the time and breaks in spectacular and
completely unexpected ways.
Doug Fort shares a pattern for breaking out of threads.
Paul Prescod introduces PEP-261 promoting support for wide unicode
Mike Fletcher adapts Ka-Ping Lee's pydoc for use as a Package
Bernhard Herzog updates Sketch 0.6.12 - A vector drawing program,
and recommends that users of 0.6.10 & .11 upgrade.
David Goodger provides a quick rundown of non-Zope templating
Tom Malcolmson releases pySTL, a Python extension that exposes
the C++ STL for use from Python.
Levente Sandor finds a zip file handler lurking in wxPython.
Those with database related questions were adequately answered.
Two posts stand out: in one, Armin Steinhof provides us with a list
of Python related database resources.
... and then Gerhard Haring points out that he's the editor of a
Python Database resource location site and asks for missing
locations to be added.
--LOL on c.l.py:
bdfl: I'd say it's too little value for too much disturbance (a new keyword).
</F>: given the amount of other potentially disturbing stuff going into 2.2, I doubt anyone would notice...
Everything you want is probably one or two clicks away in these pages:
Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
Notice especially the master FAQ
PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
daily python url
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.
Michael Hudson continues Andrew Kuchling's marvelous tradition
of summarizing action on the python-dev mailing list once every
The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect Python resources
Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity
Cetus does much of the same
Python To-Do List anticipates some of Python's future direction
Python Journal is at work on its second issue
Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it's impressive
what AI can generate
Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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