Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 29)

Peter Otten python-url at phaseit.net
Tue Jun 29 19:03:40 CEST 2004


QOTW: "I worry about Python losing its KISS principle.  Python 2.2 has been
ported to the Nokia Series 60 platform, which has something like 8-16 MB of
RAM available.  I'm sure the footprint growth of Python 2.3 and 2.4 gives
those developers nightmares already when they are thinking of tracking later
versions..." - Guido van Rossum

"Everyone knows that any scripting language shootout that doesn't show
Python as the best language is faulty by design." - Max M


    In his answer to John Fabiani, Martin von Loewis informs about the
    limitations (sic!) of 64-bit Python. For the rest of us it's good to
    know it's there.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=iBADc.3245%247q2.935%40newssvr27.news.prodigy.com
    
    While Steve Holden explains how to craft SQL-Queries properly to take
    advantage of the Python Database API's parameter substitution
    features, he advances from most likely the oldest to definitely the
    oldest Python user. Or is it just sample data?
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=40DD7414.6080406%40holdenweb.com
    
    George Young learns the hard way about a pitfall of implicit
    conversion to bool in an if statement.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?c2coff=1&th=fbf8f0f9595d702a
    
    See Eric DeWall's post for an example where the null object design
    pattern (pointed out by Irmen de Jong) can help clean up your code.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=cbfkrt%24ufo%241%40fair.qualcomm.com
    
    Uwe Schmitt submits a nice recipe dealing with hierarchical data to
    the Python Cookbook.
        http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python/Recipe/286150
    
    Blogging addicts among the pythonistas - have you been on planet Python?
        http://www.planetpython.org/
    
    Frank Immich triggers a sudden spike of activity in the german python
    mailing list. Various algorithms to discover consecutive numbers in a
    list are explored, which may also be of interest to an international
    crowd.
        http://starship.python.net/pipermail/python-de/2004q2/005167.html
    
    Gabor Farkas wants to know how to cope with a dictionary that is getting
    too big to hold in memory. Along with the standard answers he receives
    a custom solution by Jeff Epler.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=mailman.180.1088275787.27577.python-list%40python.org
    
    You're not a lawyer, of course, but you spend part of your time
    trying to think like one.  It follows that the intellectual 
    property documents Marc-Andre Lemburg and the rest of the PSF
    are accumulating might interest you.
	http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/PythonSoftwareFoundation

    Phil Thompson announces the release of SIP Version 4.0, a tool to
    generate Python wrappers for C and C++ libraries.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.45.1088005998.27577.python-list%40python.org
    
    
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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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