Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Apr 29)
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Tue Apr 29 20:04:28 CEST 2003
QOTW: "But I like to [polish] the code while it does not yet exist, or
make hundreds of new options DURING the programming. That's why many of
my programs never see the daylight :)" -- Dino Levy
"For a long time, the industry labored under the illusion that if we
could all agree on One Big API then we'd have interoperability.
Examples have included Posix, X11, OLE/COM/DCOM, CORBA, DCE, OpenDoc,
and the list goes on; and it's never, ever, ever worked (with the
single exception of the "sockets" library for IP networking)." --
Tim Bray http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2003/03/24/XMLisOK
Techniques for making *small* stand-alone versions of Python
Jack Diederich exhibits two real-life uses for metaclasses:
registering classes with a factory, and named prototypes.
Jeff Epler describes some common uses of C++ references, and shows
how the same problems are usually solved in Python.
Tim Peters comments on reverse-engineering a mysterious 48-bit
floating-point number format, illustrating the complexity of the
In the middle of a tongue-in-cheek discussion of overloadable
short-circuiting operators, a speculative notion for implementing
microthreads (inter alia) by turning all functions into generators.
Python 2.3b1: The first beta release of Python 2.3.
Matplotlib 0.1: Matplotlib's goal is to make publication-quality
plotting easy in Python, with a syntax familiar to Matlab users.
mxODBC Zope Database Adapter 1.0.4: Allows you to easily connect
your Zope installation to just about any database backend on the
Pyro 3.2: Pyro is an advanced and powerful Distributed Object
Technology system written entirely in Python, that is designed to
be very easy to use.
Sybase DB-API module 0.36: The Sybase module provides a Python
interface to the Sybase relational database system. It supports
all of the Python Database API, version 2.0 with extensions.
Twisted 1.0.4: Twisted is an event-driven framework for building
networked clients and servers. It contains a powerful and simple
networking core, a full-featured suite of interoperable protocols,
among them a powerful web server and applications framework.
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.
Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of summarizing action on the
python-dev mailing list once every other week.
The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.
Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."
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
The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
editor at pythonjournal.com and editor at pythonjournal.cognizor.com
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
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