Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 9)

Cameron Laird python-url at phaseit.net
Wed Nov 9 18:08:03 CET 2005


QOTW:  "The lesson for me is to spend much less time on Python discussion
and much more on unfinished projects.  So even if I never use the new syntax,
I will have gained something ;-)" - Terry Reedy 

"In short, this group is a broad church, and those readers with brains the
size of planets should remember that they are just as much in a minority as
the readers who appear on the list for the first time this week. The vast
majority are here to learn and grow, and I think that's the sort of
behaviour we should be encouraging." -- Steve Holden


    The reasons you like Python probably are put into words in at
    least one of these threads:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/b41ca4ba29b84471/

    Tim Golden, ... help make the most of Excel:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/bcd29beecba33c98/

    Spread your expertise around, face-to-face, just outside Dallas.
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python.announce/msg/b7f6f62db23e1265

    Program generators date from the Carboniferous.  Or the age of
    Cobol.  Well, from *some* time in the past, as least.  . . .
    Except that they keep turning up nowadays, in such guises as
    refinable templating systems:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/8962903fc5717bfa/

    While generators (like program generators, recursion, and many
    other powerful concepts) are great, they're *best* less often
    than is commonly realized:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/af6560b12bc719a6/

    Deprecation of functionalism isn't an idle exercise.  The
    point is not just to *say*, yes, we can live without lambda;
    Fredrik Lundh, for example, embraces New Python Style's
    willingness to define and redefine function objects, exactly
    in contrast to older lambda-oriented codings:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/tkinter-discuss/2005-November/000553.html

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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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