Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 18)
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Mon Oct 18 20:09:49 CEST 2004
QOTW: "Other than the parts about 'SADISTS and PERVERTS', what portion
was on topic?" - Peter Hansen, commenting a spam posting
"Python makes me very lazy. Writing a report in LaTeX today, it was
actually easier for me to make up a syntax for tagging math symbols (put
into comments in the LaTeX source), and extract those and build a List Of
Symbols with a python preprocessor before texification, rather than find
(and figure out how to use) the correct LaTeX package for that." - Caleb
The Boo thread inspires Doug Holton to muse about the future
possibilites of the project, while 'Neuruss' relays news about
the status of the highly anticipated Starkiller project.
Daniel Bickett learns how to use the Windows XP balloon tips from
Python. Once again, ctypes is just the ticket.
Blow your technical mind *and* stamp your passport: see Lithuania in
autumn, on the occasion of the next PyPy sprint.
Mike Mussman needs to pass a live socket to another process. Apart
from the well-known posix fork()-based solution, we learn that there
is actually a relatively clean way to do it in Windows as well.
Irmen de Jong announces a new release of the Snakelets web programming
framework, and gets in an interesting discussion about implementing the
new, official WSGI API for it and the benefits it would provide.
Denis Wendum learns that the reverse version of the comparison
operator __lt__ is __gt__, not __rlt__, but the discussion quickly
turns towards the differences in attribute access between classic and
new style classes.
Nick needs to know how to change the desktop background in Windows
Mabororshi wonders about rewriting the Linux kernel in python. Posters
question the virtues of such an endeavour, especially that of a pure
python approach, but writing an OS kernel in Python not only doesn't
seem so far-fetched - it's been done, as can be seen from the thread.
IPython, besides changing the license to BSD, will be going through a
major cleanup in the immediate future. Fernando Perez, the author of
the software, wouldn't mind code contributions.
John finds out that at this time, CORBA is probably the optimal way to
get COM-like functionality for Python in Linux.
Python 2.4, beta 1 is out. Especially notable with this release is the
inclusion of the new "subprocess" module.
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
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
marvelous 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 newsgroup weekly.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
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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