Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Mar 20)
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Mon Mar 20 14:08:02 CET 2006
QOTW: "Anything with 'Python' in its name can't market Python
well." - Iain Bicking
"Who really cares whether NASA uses Python? One thing I learned from
having to sit through too many software marketing presentations is
that organizations like NASA are to software what the Library of
Congress is to books." - Steven Lumos on comp.lang.ruby
How would you compare two strings when you don't care about
whitespace? Hint: no regular expressions needed.
Jarek Zgoda's hack seems to be the most reliable way to get localized
Python 2.5 is scheduled for August 19, 2006. Among the highlights are
the with-statement simplifying reliable resource acquisition/release
and Fredrik Lundh's ElementTree. When bugs due to clever workarounds
made it into the standard library Guido finally gave in, so there will
be an inline-if/else, too. Use with discretion :-)
Experienced developers wrestle with thorny deployment issues.
Is coding a text adventure? Matt Webb and his co-developers think so.
They use Python as the tried and tested tool to explore new ideas.
Iain Bicking shares his thoughts about the new python.org website and
You don't always need a big fat office suite to get your data out of
an Excel spreadsheet.
Stackless Python has been ported to Python 2.4.2.
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.
Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
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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