Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 17)
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Mon Oct 17 18:08:03 CEST 2005
QOTW: "If you don't have the time to be paranoid, try taking the time to
straighten out identity theft." -- K. G. Schneider
"The best way to make classes on the fly is generally to call the
metaclass with suitable parameters (just like, the best way to make
instances of any type is generally to call that type)." -- Alex Martelli
What code is good to read? The Standard Library. The Indexed
Packages. The Cheese Shop. Bit Torrent. Much else--that is,
far more than any one person can digest:
Windows demands a developer rely on poorly-documented tricks
in order to be productive. What *are* those tricks? IPython,
Most Python programmers live happily without thought of what
codecs do for them. If you're among the few for whom charmap
performance is an issue, though, you'll be thankful to Tony
Nelson for this Fastcharmap contribution:
Do you want to iterate over the same iterable multiple times?
There's help (itertool's tee(), for example) for your sort:
Jeff Epler and Peter Otten explain the very first step--often
the most puzzling one--in working with other-than-English texts:
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
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.
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
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.
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
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.
del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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