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