Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jul 21)

Irmen de Jong python-url at phaseit.net
Mon Jul 21 11:58:19 CEST 2003


QOTW:  "To 'Tron' fans: yes, you could assign the name TimBit to it [the
TimBot] but it's a broken Bit; what's the use of a Bit that's always true?"
                                            -- Christos Georgiou

"Whether or not I agree with you, you have made me think.  That's worth
the price of my Internet connection this month."
                                            -- Tim Roberts


Discussion
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     Aahz writes a rebuttal to Artima.com, because a recent interview with
     Bruce Eckel on that site might give the wrong impression regarding
     Python's type system.
         <http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=3D7590>
     The interview with Bruce Eckel is at:
         <http://www.artima.com/intv/typing.html>

     Raymond Hettinger intrigues with the second episode of a series of
     mysterious Python puzzles.
         <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3DVorQa.15236$Kw1.587@n=
wrdny02.gnilink.net>

     Tom Plunket starts a huge thread about the way Python treats
     objects, names, variables, assignment, references and what not.
     Various people have different opinions about what would be the best
     way to do things, but in the end, the QOTW of Tim Roberts (above)
     kind of says it all.
         <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3D13t0hvsb7idh0g6ac3upe5k0qd6flc17ah@4ax.com>

     Michele Simionato likes to have an endswith method that accepts a
     list of strings, instead of a single string argument. But things are
     not that easy.
         <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3D2259b0e2.0307200604.44d343f4@posting.google.com>

     Alan Kennedy shows what you might do if you need to build a list of
     database rows (from a query), without allocating the list beforehand
     because you don't know the size. He uses an iterator to do the trick.
         <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3D3F16B745.9CF3EF54@hotmail.com>

     Andrew Kuchling has started a mailing list for discussion about
     Python Web frameworks.
         <http://www.amk.ca/mailman/listinfo/pyweb/>
     This is partly because perhaps Python needs a single 'standard' way
     to create web applications, as Andy Robinson points out.
         <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3Dd5mm9v8em9j41kus2tvj2raipd7dagv18k%404ax.com>

Announcements
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     Python 2.3 release candidate 1. This will become Python 2.3 final if
     no major new bugs are found this week.
         <http://www.python.org/2.3/>

     Gnosis Utils 1.1.0, several Python modules for XML processing,
     plus other generally useful tools such as pickling and indexing.
         <http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/Gnosis_Utils-1.1.0.tar.gz>

     ZODB3 3.3a1, a set of tools for using the Zope Object Database
     (ZODB) in Python programs separately from Zope.
         <http://www.zope.org/Products/ZODB3.3/>

     SC-Track Roundup 0.5.9, an issue-tracking system with command-line,
     web and e-mail interfaces.
         <http://roundup.sourceforge.net/>

     PyUNO (in OpenOffice.org1.1rc), a generic bridge between python
     and OpenOffice.org's component model UNO (Universal Network Objects).
         <http://udk.openoffice.org/python/python-bridge.html>

     dnspython 1.1.0b1, a DNS toolkit for Python.
         <http://www.dnspython.org/>

     hYPerSonic is a python/c framework for building and manipulating
     real-time sound processing pipelines.
         <http://arrowtheory.com/software/hypersonic/index.html>

     Albatross 1.10, is a small toolkit for developing highly stateful
     web applications (including a HTML template language).
         <http://www.object-craft.com.au/projects/albatross/>

     ClientForm 0.0.11 and 0.1.5a, a Python module for handling
     HTML forms on the client.
         <http://wwwsearch.sourceforge.net/ClientForm/>

     C=F2nflux Lite 1.0, a web-based groupware and file management
     application.
         <http://www.conflux.ee/>

     Quixote 0.6.1, yet another framework for developing Web applications
     in Python (but focused on the Python developer).
         <http://www.mems-exchange.org/software/quixote/>

     SCGI 1.1, a package that implements the SCGI protocol (similar to
     FastCGI, but easier to implement).
         <http://www.mems-exchange.org/software/scgi/>


========================================================================
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

    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.
	http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
        http://www.python.org/pypi/

    The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
    to all sorts of 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 Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
    that base their business on ... Python."
	http://www.python-in-business.org

    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
     
    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*
        http://www.pyzine.com

    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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