Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 2)

Steven Taschuk staschuk at telusplanet.net
Mon Jun 2 23:44:13 CEST 2003


QOTW:  "There is a certain charm to seeing someone happily advocate a
triangular wheel because it has one less bump per revolution than a
square wheel does."  -- Chuck Swiger

"It took me years to realise how deep and important the divide is between
wanting an SDK and wanting to know the underlying protocol."  -- Tim Bray


Discussion:
    Bengt Richter works out (with a few revisions, and variants from
    other posters) how to make a switch-case work-alike by abusing
    exceptions.
        <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=535044209d026bb#link9>

    Carl Banks demonstrates an introspective technique for "declaring"
    local variables.
        <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=b2a660906391cc6c#link5>

    A draft essay explaining descriptors, by Raymond Hettinger.
        <http://users.rcn.com/python/download/Descriptor.htm>

Announcements:
    Python 2.2.3: A bug fix release for the Python 2.2 code line.
        <http://www.python.org/2.2.3/>

    Voting for the 2003 Active Awards for open-source programmers
    starts June 3.
        <http://www.activestate.com/Corporate/ActiveAwards/>

    EmPy 3.0: a system for embedding Python expressions and statements
    in template text.
        <http://www.alcyone.com/pyos/empy/>

    gdmodule 0.41: A Python wrapper for the GD graphics module.
        <http://newcenturycomputers.net/projects/gdmodule.html>

    McMillan Installer 5b5_3: A utility for distributing Python
    applications; this is a bug fix release.
        <http://www.mcmillan-inc.com/installer_dnld.html>

    managesieve 0.2: A MANGAGESIEVE client library for remotely
    managing Sieve scripts, including an interactive 'sieveshell'.
        <http://www.crazy-compilers.com/py-lib/managesieve.html>

    msnp.py 0.3: A pure-Python implementation of the MSN instant
    messaging protocol.
        <http://msnp.sf.net/>

    PyGDChart Alpha 2: A Python interface to the GDChart graphing
    library.
        <http://www.nullcube.com/software/pygdchart2.html>

    PyOSG 0.4.0: Python bindings for the OpenSceneGraph real-time
    visualisation library.
        <http://sourceforge.net/projects/pyosg>

    yawPyCrypto 0.02: A more full-featured PyCrypto wrapper.
        <http://ph0enix.homelinux.org/~heiko>


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