Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 18)
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QOTW: "*what* the value is is defined by the operations that the object
supports (via its type).
*how* the value is represented inside the object is completely
irrelevant; a Python implementation may use electric charges in small
capacitors, piles of rocks, diapers,or an endless supply of small guys
in odd costumes to encode the value inside an object. Changes to the
value may be carried out by CPU instructions, caterpillars, toddlers
with gasmasks, or an endless supply of small guys in odd costumes. The
only thing that's important is that you can, in your Python program,
access an objects value via its type, and get other objects back when
you do." - Fredrik Lundh
"I have never seen a case where a dictionary didn't improve the design." - Ivan
PyCon Early bird registration ends, FrOSCon 2006 issues
a "Call for Papers" and OSCON 2006 (Python 14 Conference)
issues a "Call for Proposals":
With release 0.6, OSAF's Python based PIM Chandler includes
an "experimentally usable" calendar, with support for
recurring events, time-zones and the ability to share
calendars with others:
Fynali asks "How to remove subset from a file efficiently?".
Follow-ups, as has happened so often before, reduce his runtime
from a few minutes to a few seconds:
Tim Peters explains why you shouldn't expect much from atexit + threads:
Scott David Daniels suggests use of decorators to handle unit
tests that are known to fail:
Robin Becker requests "some smart/fast way to flatten a level one list"
and receives a number of suggestions:
A discussion of the draft for a new Python.org web site leads
to a conclusion of general happiness with the new look:
Brian Blais asks "how do 'real' python programmers work?" and
receives a sample of development processes that Pythonistas use,
focused on what kind of windows people have on their screen, but
also including such important aspects as test driven development:
Michael Galvin receives a few suggestions on how to get both
text and graphics to a printer from Python:
Duncan Booth and others explain how to make a dictionary
aware of its own changes:
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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