Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 17)

Emile van Sebille python-url at phaseit.net
Mon Nov 17 17:09:25 CET 2003


QOTW:  "I've tried many ways over the years to represent equations legibly
using Python and [it is] my experience that case sensitivity, while
certainly no panacea, helps." -- Tim Hochberg 

"What's your pet deprecation candidate? I have always thought `backticks` 
as repr has got to be the most useless feature around." -- Ville Vainio


    Peter Hansen suggests "Imagine never having to think up variable names 
    more complicated than 'foo'."
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3FB2738E.2B8C13FE@engcorp.com
    
    Patrick Maupin advocates conversion to python as a step in refactoring.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=653b7547.0311142204.7b7abebc@posting.google.com 
    
    Jack Jansen is looking for a FAQ maintainer volunteer.  CV not required.
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pythonmac-sig/2003-November/009493.html

    For its third installment on 7-9 June 2004, the Europython Conference
    moves to a new venue:  the Chalmers University of Technology,
    Göteborg, Sweden.
	http://www.europython.org
    
    Uche Ogbuji speaks tonight on Python paradigms for XML processing in
    Broomfield, Colorado.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.691.1068688678.702.python-list@python.org
     
    Trent Mick announces releases from ActiveState of ActivePython 2.2.3 and 
    2.3.2 for Windows, Linux and Solaris.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.748.1068847576.702.python-list@python.org

    PDO provides an object-oriented API, something like ADO or JDBC,
    built over dbapi.
        http://sourceforge.net/projects/pythondbo/
    
    Markku H=E4nninen created a small utility to create Python stubs from 
    Java classes using Jython.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=8ca943c2.0311110928.1ec29ca8@posting.google.com
    
    Diez B. Roggisch seeks use cases for the for/else and while/else 
    constructs.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=bp371c$g75$07$1@news.t-online.com
     
    Anthony Baxter is looking for a Pythonesque name for a first cut at a 
    pure-Python SIP (VoIP) phone he's implemented.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=mailman.685.1068679064.702.python-list@python.org
    
    Bernard Fields gets pointers on creating a maze.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=1PSsb.44675$jy.34613@clgrps13
    
    Corey Lubin gets help on overriding variables used by base classes.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=a64176a.0311140417.2ad0b51a@posting.google.com 
    
    Andreas Held announces the second beta release of pyFLTK, the Python 
    bindings for the FLTK toolkit.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=564eac6f.0311112311.2536af43@posting.google.com
    
    Russell Nelson releases Familiar v0.7.2, a Linux distribution for the 
    Compaq/HP iPAQ series of handhelds.  The v0.7.2 release includes a 
    special 'pypaq' and now a programmer can write a GUI program in Python 
    on their handheld.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.729.1068759937.702.python-list@python.org
     
    Michele Simionato wants to disable/enable the screensaver on a Win98 box 
    with a Python script.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=2259b0e2.0311060704.754a4b6e@posting.google.com
     
    Hoang Do wants to know of a Structured Text or ReStructured Text 
    interactive previewer.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=Es8sb.3846$LY4.38766634@newssvr21.news.prodigy.com
    
    Metaclasses get further clarified in response to a question by Fernando 
    Rodriguez.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=jbq6rvob5qjddbtt6vk97gsr6hk993e6j3@4ax.com
    
    Al Bogner both provides and gets links in his effort to build a database 
    client with a GUI
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=2560581.qn5EVrxEmu@usenet.pinguin.uni.cc
    
    Brian Lloyd releases Python for .NET 1.0 beta 2, a near-seamless 
    integration of Python with the .NET common language runtime.
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pythondotnet/2003-November/000032.html
    
    
========================================================================
Everything Python-related 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
    marvelous 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 intelligently 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/

    Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
	http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
	http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
	http://python.de/backend.php
    For more, see
	http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all
    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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