Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Apr 23)
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Mon Apr 23 17:39:17 CEST 2007
QOTW: "The users." - Ali, answering a question on what's special about Emacs.
"Dynamic languages look at WSDL and shrug - another example of the hoops that
static typing forces humans to go through." - Gordon Weakliem
The current issue of the rather prestigious *Computing in Science
and Engineering* journal is devoted to Python (!):
... for controlling COM. Here's a little chatter on expression
of "Array" data:
Despite "Python-URL!"'s habitual ... reserve about regular
expressions, there *are* places they fit perfectly. Steven
Bethard and Peter Otten show off how good a simple RE can be:
Python 2.5.1 "is the first bugfix release of Python 2.5":
Michael Hoffman correctly explains the so-often-misunderstood
semantics of '*' (for example) in subprocess invocations. Notice
use of the little-known expanduser(), expandvars(), and check_call():
Carsten Haese supplies a model for construction in Python of a
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, Planet Python indexes
much of the universe of Pybloggers.
The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats".
Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:
Steve Bethard continues the marvelous tradition early borne by
Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson, Brett Cannon, Tony Meyer, and Tim
Lesher 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
Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
Watch this space for links to them.
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:
Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
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