Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Feb 18)

Jason Orendorff jason at jorendorff.com
Mon Feb 18 23:53:36 CET 2002


QOTW:  "I am always amazed at how many things are built in to Python."
-Kevin Parks, upon being reminded about the bisect module

"Using pyperl to access Oracle is like taking a bus from New York to
San Francisco so you can fly to Los Angeles."  -Steve Holden

"In some ways, it's an like an RPN version of Python, without the
class machinery." -Roy Smith in praise of Postscript


    Charleroi, 40 km south of Brussels, will host the first European
    Python/Zope Conference on June 26-28, 2002.
	http://www.europython.org/wiki
	mailto:europython at python.org

    xml_pickle converts Python objects and data structures to XML and
    back.  Version 0.51 sports a dozen new features, including a
    fine-grained security model.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=a05a64ce89c893a7
    
    PEP 282 proposes a standard logging system for Python.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=b849e15006ee969b
    
    O'ReillyNet covers the new incarnation of Stackless Python.
        http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2002/02/14/pythonnews.html
    
    AnyCons is a common API for interactive console-mode graphics that
    works on Unix and Windows.
        http://newcenturycomputers.net/projects/anycons.html
    
    Sheila King implements file locking on Unix and Windows.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=a4ghg4.3vv79at.1%40kserver.org
    
    EasyGui provides some convenient functions for simple GUI dialogs,
    allowing mostly-procedural code to pop up the occasional message box.
        http://home.att.net/~stephen_ferg/easygui/index.html
    
    Several approaches for drawing graphics "in slow motion" with Tkinter:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=15bf9d6a120fa5bd
    
    Several approaches for dynamically dropping input fields into a
    paragraph of text in a GUI.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=705793c315c8d274
    
    Just van Rossum explains how to sort a list of lists by their first
    element, using the second element to break ties.  (Hint:  There is
    a default sort order for lists.)
      http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=just-26D236.09311915022002%40news1.xs4all.nl
    
    On comp.lang.python: An innocent question about the leading-zero
    notation for octal numbers leads to a historical quest for the origin
    of this confusing syntax.  No conclusion is reached, but some Sperry
    UNIVAC nostalgia is shared.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=68307c927083e7d0
        http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/univac/fastrand.html
    
    Guido van Rossum wins the fourth annual FSF Award for the
    Advancement of Free Software.
        http://www.fsf.org/press/2002-02-16-FSF-Award.html
    

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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
        http://www.python.org
    Notice especially the master FAQ
        http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

    PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
    daily python url
         http://www.pythonware.com/daily  
    Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
    World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
	 http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html 
    While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
    are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
    their results.

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software.  Be
    sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce

    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
    valuable series?
        http://starship.python.net/crew/mwh/summaries/
        http://www.amk.ca/python/dev

    The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect Python resources
        http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/   

    Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
    mailing lists
        http://www.python.org/sigs/

    The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
    as an independent nexus of activity
        http://www.python.org/psf/

    Cetus does much of the same
	http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

    Python FAQTS
        http://python.faqts.com/

    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.
	http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse
	http://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
        http://www.pyzine.com
     
    Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it's impressive
    what AI can generate
        http://www.links2go.com/search?search=python

    Tenth International Python Conference 
        http://www.python10.org            

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100
        http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lang.python.*

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