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

Peter Otten python-url at phaseit.net
Mon Aug 9 15:08:08 CEST 2004


QOTW: "That's a healthy relationship with a language, I feel, when the
language and me are struggling with the same problems." - Harald Massa

"Fight the trend to add silly disclaimers everywhere!" - GvR


    Tim Peters helps Kenneth McDonnald over the hurdle of initializing
    subclasses of an immutable type like str.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.1322.1091854312.5135.python-list%40python.org
    
    Jeff Epler digs into the C Source to find out why overriding file.write()
    has no effect on the print statement.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=7d04h0dskqbdf2j1f8429726j766mnhrhj%404ax.com
    
    You could assure Zeljko Vrba, the "Perl expert wanting to learn Python",
    that he has already made the hardest step in the new direction.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?c2coff=1&threadm=slrncguga2.fcp.mordor%40fly.srk.fer.hr
    
    ---
    "@ looks like a friendly little womb, with a happy little birth canal,
    out of which is born a single pure expression" - Tim Peters
    
    The appearance of decorators - a mechanism for wrapping functions and
    adding attributes to them - in the second alpha of Python 2.4 stirs
    a heated discussion.
    
    Many do not like the introduction of a new symbol, "@" aka "pie", for
    decoration, or see the chosen one as too "visually dense" (obtrusive)
    - or just plain ugly. Barry Warsaw weighs alternative symbols.
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2004-August/047133.html
    
    Christopher T. King argues that the new feature is trying to be all things
    to all people.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=Pine.LNX.4.44.0408050856390.31290-100000%40ccc9.wpi.edu
    
    Steven Bethard explores the option space, i. e. all aspects of
    decorator syntax that can be chosen independently.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=d11dcfba.0408060919.10c7cdd6%40posting.google.com
    
    Of course the discussion has been going on among Python's developers
    for a while and the PEP maintainers who where left behind at some point
    are struggling hard to update it to the current state of affairs.
        http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0318.html
        http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/PythonDecorators
    
    I cannot close this section without at least one use-case, so have a
    look at Michele Simionato's multimethod enhancement, building on code by
    Howard Stearns and - decorators.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=4edc17eb.0408080531.6f8963f9%40posting.google.com
    
    (Now be prepared for a more down-to-earth Python-URL next week)
    ---
    
    Let's go back to the "other" pie. Even the most peaceful Pythoneer
    will ponder "pie-decorating" the author of this short pie-thon
    report. It's fun, though.
        http://www.ntk.net/2004/08/06/
    
    
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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 newsgroup 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 (PSF) has replaced the Python
    Consortium as an independent nexus of activity.  It has official
    responsibility for Python's development and maintenance. 
        http://www.python.org/psf/
    Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
        http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html

    Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

    Python FAQTS
        http://python.faqts.com/

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.
	http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

    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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