Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Feb 11)
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Mon Feb 11 22:14:48 CET 2002
QOTW: "'poly-what?' Yes, python is polymorphic, but there's no need to
get all fancy-pants about it." -Quinn Dunkan
"Good general rule: if Tim made it that way, it's supposed to be that
way." -Steve Holden
"[J]ust fire up python and start typing. i like that." -Mark McEahern,
on his naive pickling technique
"I was wondering if there's any kind of definitive nickname for Perl
programmers, the way we call ourselves Pythonistas?" -Aahz Maruch
"Masochists." -Daniel Klein
"I'd just like to take this moment to point out that C has all the
expressive power of two dixie cups and a string." -Jamie Zawinski,
in the source code for xkeycaps
TTX translates TrueType fonts to an XML format and back,
enabling you to edit TrueType fonts with a plain text editor.
The 10th International Python Conference took place February 4-7.
Several remarkable slide shows are now available online, along with
a student video.
PyGame 1.4 is released. PyGame is a set of Python modules for
writing games. This version adds support for Mac OSX. It's also
easier to build EXE's on Windows with the pygame2exe sample script.
StandaloneZODB is a Python object persistency system. Version 1.0
final is out!
Anygui is a simple, generic module for building GUIs in Python. It
can run on top of many different toolkits. The first official release
is version 0.1 - check out the screenshots!
Benchmarks show Python is still slower than Java.
Jeremy Hylton and Skip Montanaro presented ideas for making Python
faster at Python 10. These have triggered a flurry of activity on
the Python-Dev list. For the technically inclined:
Pyco is experimental software for building smaller Windows executables
from Python programs.
Are any HTTP proxy servers written in Python?
"Courageous" toys with hygienic macros (a la Scheme) in Python.
The Google Programming Contest accepts submissions in only three
languages: C++, Java, and Python.
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
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.
Michael Hudson continued Andrew Kuchling's marvelous tradition
of summarizing action on the python-dev mailing list once every
other week, into July 2001. Any volunteers to re-start this
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
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it's impressive
what AI can generate
Tenth International Python Conference
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