Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 26)
Diez B. Roggisch
python-url at phaseit.net
Mon Sep 26 21:12:31 CEST 2005
QOTW: "This is Open Source. If you want an initiative, start
one." -- Rheinold Birkenfeld
"I've found jython incredibly helpful in learning java." -- pythonUser_07
The fourth annual "Free Software and Open Source Symposium" hosted by
Canada's largest college includes a talk on "Python Power -- Learning,
Teaching and Doing with the World's Easiest Programming Language":
The first PyWeek Game Programming Challenge is finished - and it seems
it was a great success. See this thread for the results:
py2exe has been a tremendous help for lots of application
developers - but its maintainer is getting tired maintaining it.
pythonXX.dll gets larger and larger - read on how you can reduce it
in size if you absolutely must in the age of gigabyte-equipped
Laszlo Zolt Nagy learns that self-reordering lists aren't the solution
for least-recently-used caches - and is given some pointers where to
find implementations of these:
Mercurial is a Python-based "distributed SCM" .
This is to all of the home-brewn frankenstein-style DNA-sequence
manglers: use Python, but don't use immutable strings when a list
is all you need to fine-tune your next creation:
sys.argv nicely provides command-line arguments - most of the time.
But when it comes to passing internationalized strings on windows,
one has to use the win32-API:
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.
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