Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 23)
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Mon Jan 23 07:57:42 CET 2006
QOTW: "The IEEE-754 standard doesn't wholly define output conversions, and
explicitly allows that a conforming implementation may produce any digits
whatsoever at and after the 18th signficant digit, when converting a 754
double to string. In practice, all implementations I know of that exploit
that produce zeroes at and after the 18th digit -- but they could produce 1s
instead, or 9s, or digits from pi, or repetitions of the gross national
product of Finland in 1967." - Tim Peters
"If you can't do a first version in six months with a team of six people it
is a sign that you don't really know what you want." - Jack Diederich
Besides the layout for the new Python web site, work on converting
the content from the current site has begun:
There has been interest in Sudoku solvers on comp.lang.python
Don't expect to use the ConfigParser for non-text data. Use ConfigObj
instead when that's what you need:
How do you use Python without installing it on your computer?
Should a web development framework be included in the standard
Claudio Grondi tries to grok Python by asking questions that
seem to confuse those who try to answer:
No, regular expressions aren't supposed to be gargantuan, but
there should really be a proper exception when they are:
This is neither the first nor the last week, when someone asks
questions related to a mismatch between binary floats and decimal
How do we generate graphics dynamically with Python CGI scripts?
A PHP programmer is making efforts to figure out Python, in
particular with regards to threads, databases and modularity.
Numarray, Numeric, NumPy... There should be one--and preferably
only one--obvious way to do it. So, which is it?
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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