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

Simon Brunning python-url at phaseit.net
Fri Jul 29 20:08:02 CEST 2005


QOTW: "Guido has marked the trail; don't ignore the signs unless you really
know where you're going." - Raymond Hettinger

'Proverbs 28:14 JPS "Happy is the man that feareth alway; but he that
hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil." Obviously an exhortation to not
ignore raised exceptions with "except: pass".' - Robert Kern


    Jason Orendorff's path module is a popular alternative to the build
    in os.path and shutil modules. Michael Hoffman and Reinhold Birkenfeld
    are working on a PEP suggesting that it be included in the standard
    library:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/1f5bcb67c4c73f15
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/df1b647a0f103640

    Java has nearly as many web frameworks as Python, but you can run any
    of them on any of the Java web application servers because they are
    all built on the Java Servlet specification. PEP 333, the Python Web
    Server Gateway Interface, aims to bring something similar to the world
    of Python:
        http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0333.html

    A short but sweet day-of-the-month suffix generator from John Machin:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/904fa627890c85dd

    Thanos Tsouanas wants access to an object's namespace dictionary:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/d5cc509d138e1701

    David Isaac wants to avoid map(), but he wants a zip() function that
    runs to the length of the longest sequence. It's suggested that zip()
    should be able to do this, but Raymond Hettinger channels Guido and
    thinks that this would be a bad idea:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/265675b50fee8ec1

    Tiny.be release four open source enterprise applications:
        http://lwn.net/Articles/145209/

    Who needs "Ten Essential Development Practices"? We've got The Zen of
    Python:
        http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/c52d3c17f1ea9ec5


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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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