Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 30)

Diez B. Roggisch python-url at phaseit.net
Tue Aug 30 14:08:03 CEST 2005


QOTW:  "If I wanted to write five lines instead of one everywhere in a
Python program, I'd use Java." -- Paul Rubin
   http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/6fac4f3022acd1fa?hl=de&

"i think less buggy code is not the main concern for all." -- km
    http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/db5acbd68447ae33?hl=de&


    Bryan Olson discovers inconsistencies in the slice implementation
    that lead to a new slicing PEP and a lively discussion about string
    index semantics:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/402d770b6f503c27/66014427182265b9#66014427182265b9

    Mark Dickinson finds strange runtime differences depending on the
    existence of dummy variables - the riddle is solved by Stelios
    Xanthakis who points out that min() can behave non-deterministically
    when the compared entities have no well-defined comparision sematics:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/2ff00f12499233e5/8b658bc804020f08#8b658bc804020f08

    Russell E. Owen tries to get unique ids for bound methods - and
    discovers that id() can return the same value for two different
    bound methods. The solution is to keep a reference to the bound
    method, thus the id() won't be reused - which tkinters _register
    does:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/143a9000bdc9847e/5b2d07b8e5470583#5b2d07b8e5470583

    Ramza Brown wants a small footprint python distro - and gets
    answers which shed light on the subject from varying perspectives:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/18e8f91c8e915c50/da5c5a740f7afe87#da5c5a740f7afe87

    Diego AndrÂŽs Sanabria wonders about the apparent lack of a
    binary tree data type in python:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/fb307dbdf7069b30/a0f94ea4a27ddb7c#a0f94ea4a27ddb7c

    sysfault wants enlightenment about decorators and
    metaclasses - and hopefully now has it:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/6bcb4d9ae934ac64/1060a20aaaf4b89a#1060a20aaaf4b89a

    Roland Hedberg wants to speed up his client/server
    implementation - and gets deep insight into the TCP/IP
    protocol stacks:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/507a711c61df7ad5/d6e871a24d8506a6#d6e871a24d8506a6

    As often before, Jp Calderone eloquently illustrates the
    expressiveness Twisted affords those writing multitasking
    network servers:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/dce3370299af324e/
        
    max(01)* needs help on piping commands in python:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/5cbe3126675ac0e0/1b3d6b36341e8cad#1b3d6b36341e8cad

    Pythoneers are nearly unanimous:  when you need dynamic
    names for your variables ... you're probably doing
    something wrong.  Python is plenty dynamic, though, so
    of course it's *possible*:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/d9a99f17e0cad8f2/

    Damien Elmes needs advice dealing with locales:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/8f44319aee701f71/ce6194ba78934818#ce6194ba78934818

    KM compares apples with oranges - and gets told so:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/d1c6888eaec9930f/b444a3ec71e0e2b3#b444a3ec71e0e2b3

    42 thinks he has new ideas about restricting python's
    execution - it turns out to be old news again, though:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/89e733d60380741b/4831ed5d84026549#4831ed5d84026549


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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.

    For far, FAR more Python reading than any one mind should
    absorb, much of it quite interesting, several pages index
    much of the universe of Pybloggers.
	http://lowlife.jp/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/PythonProgrammersWeblog
        http://www.planetpython.org/
        http://mechanicalcat.net/pyblagg.html

    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

    Steve Bethard, Tim Lesher, and Tony Meyer continue the marvelous
    tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson and Brett
    Cannon 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/

    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.

    del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
        http://del.icio.us/tag/python

    *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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