Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 22)

Cameron Laird python-url at phaseit.net
Tue Nov 23 00:08:03 CET 2004


QOTW:  "[W]riting C code is typically the least time-consuming part of
any language feature."  Tim Peters

"Best way to discourage visual basic knock offs, is to try and use visual
basic, in my opinion."  Eddie Parker


    You can use no-cost compilers to build extensions for 2.4
    under Windows in a reasonably standard way.
        http://www.vrplumber.com/programming/mstoolkit/

    Ipython's so desirable people (all but) abandon zsh and allied *sh.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?frame=right&th=1831549887c79e

    Comp.lang.python has been talking about decorators for months.
    A C++ perspective through templates (notice Diez B. Roggisch's
    example of how C++ creates pain) leads back to decorators and
    generics.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?frame=left&th=fe2717900f2a9312

    Is there value in lighter-weight syntax checking than, say, 
    pycheck provides?  In any case, Ian Bicking shows that it's
    at hand now.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?frame=left&th=eaef717078406f39

    Exceptions are IMPORTANT.  Peter Hansen, Roy Smith, Andrew Dalke, and
    others help those coming from outside Python to think clearly about
    exceptions.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?frame=left&th=96be282f14e5d437

    Python defines signal-handling in a way that makes correct behavior
    relatively easy to maintain.  Tim Peters explains that painful 
    experience has taught the wisdom of this approach (and avoidance of
    HP-UX "features", incidentally).  Along the way, he gives stylistic
    advice on threads, queuing, ...
        http://groups.google.com/groups?frame=left&th=d56763f5f3d9823f
    

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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

    Python Success Stories--from air-traffic control to on-line
    match-making--can inspire you or decision-makers to whom you're
    subject with a vision of what the language makes practical.
        http://www.pythonology.com/success

    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

    Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
        http://www.google.com/groups?as_usubject=weekly%20python%20patch
       
    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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