Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 9)

Steven Taschuk staschuk at telusplanet.net
Mon Jun 9 12:18:50 CEST 2003

QOTW:  "[T]he UK TV programme 'University Challenge' of 2nd June has just had
'The Python Programming Language' as the answer to a question in a round about
programming languages [...]"  -- John Ochiltree

"Python is more backward compatible with Windows than Microsoft's stuff."
Kirby Urner, on the practice of system administration

    Alan Kennedy devises a (near) workalike for try/finally which can
    be used freely in a generator function.

    Taral proposes an extension to file.__init__ which makes
    subclassing file easier.

    Kevin Smith re-opens discussion on a better syntax for "function
    decorators" such as classmethod and staticmethod.

    Oren Tirosh explains why iterating twice over a file will work
    better in 2.3.

    Barry Warsaw has created a mailman hosting site for Python User
    Groups. The hosting is free and all administration is handled
    through the mailman web interface.

    Dave Kuhlman has released training materials for Python
    classes and self-teaching.

    Confluence 0.4.6:  A functional programming language for hardware
    and logic design.  This is the first version to include the new
    Python model generator.

    Design By Contract for Python 1.0 beta 2: A cross between full
    Eiffel-style contracts and the doctest module.

    IDLEfork 0.9 beta 1: An official experimental fork of Python's
    Integrated DeveLopment Environment, IDLE.

    PyProtocols 0.9:  Extends the PEP 246 adapt() function with a new
    "declaration API" that lets you easily define your own interfaces
    and adapters, and declare what adapters should be used to adapt
    what types, objects, or interfaces.

    PySQLite 0.4.3: A Python-DB API 2.0 compliant extension module
    that uses the SQLite embedded SQL database.

    PythonCAD, seventh development release: The goal of this project
    is to create a fully scriptable drafting program that will match
    and eventually exceed features found in commercial CAD software.

    python-ldap 2.0.0pre13: An object-oriented API to access LDAP
    directory servers from Python programs.

    yawPyCrypto 0.0alpha4: Yet another wrapper for PyCrypto.

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
    their results.

    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
    mailing lists

    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

    Python FAQTS

    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.
    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*

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:

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