Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jul 2)
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Mon Jul 2 16:11:51 CEST 2007
QOTW: "Modules are objects too - they're a good example of singletons. If you
want to create a class containing only static methods: use a module instead.
If you want to create a class having a single instance (a singleton), most of
the time you can use a module instead. Functions don't *have* to be methods
in a class, and the resulting design may still be a good design from an OO
point of view." - Gabriel Genellina
"I recommend gmane.org's NNTP server for all your mailing list needs." - Grant
A "new mailing list has been started to discuss and get help
with ... the Python/C api."
Ben Finney and others advertise the virtues of SQLAlchemy:
IronPython Exception-handling involves a few new techniques:
Relative imports present a challenge for which there's no canonical
solution. Josiah and Gabriel help analyze the situation:
How can a report's columns be made to line up?
It's common enough to see advertisements for employment,
contract development, authoring, ... in comp.lang.python;
now we're getting legitimate announcements of Python-based
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
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*
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