Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 28)

Cameron Laird python-url at phaseit.net
Fri Jan 28 15:17:43 CET 2005


QOTW:  "It might be nice if it was widely understood (in IT) that Python was
a language any competent programmer could pick up in an afternoon, such that
Java, C, and Perl shops would not be concerned about the need for their staff
to learn a new language." -- Eric Pederson

"What's kind of surprising is that it has turned out to be easier to rewire
the entire world for high-bandwidth Internet than it is to make a good
replication architecture so you can work disconnected!" --  Joel
    http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/12/09/spolsky/index4.html


    It's the Early Bird deadline for PyCon 2005!
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/5a0eef8d2f4b41c6

    A wide-ranging thread on "security" yields, among other high
    points, a recommendation to read *Security Engineering* and
    examples of real security issues Python has:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/a5ab5a6a91590230/

    Can Python operate on a Windows "desktop"?  Sure, in a variety of
    ways.  Thanks to Dennis Benzinger, Jimmy Retzlaff, Vincent Wehren,
    and others for their catalogue:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/f73cc8e9cad01288/

    The martellibot illustrates why Python's introspection--and
    __subclasses__, in particular--make correct "sandboxing" so
    challenging for us:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/d5f4d7e2c397c2ca/

    After a rest of a couple months, it's time again to urge
    consideration of IPython as your working shell:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/3fed261a83318a1e

    4XSLT is thread-safe, but individual processor instances are not.
    4Suite exploits processor-per-thread:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/c118d6ead64ca003

    Thread inheritance with win32com requires Co*nitialize() management:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/3e3487f970825fc8

    Gerald and the timbot speak sense on the platform-specificity that
    is memory management.
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/2bef18c56f085eeb

    Do NOT let your inheritance schemes complexify.  One palliative
    tactic is to remember (lazy) "containerization" as an alternative
    to subclassing.  And learn about decorators.  And descriptors, for
    that matter:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/730e4e3bb3c55b28/

    Do people still FTP?  Well, Python people *can* ...:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/37b847a725bd8d9f

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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.

    deli.cio.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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