Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 4)
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Mon Jun 4 19:05:38 CEST 2007
QOTW: "Stop thinking of three lines as 'extensive coding' and your problem
disappears immediately." - Steve Holden
"Hey, did you hear about the object-oriented version of COBOL? They call
it 'ADD ONE TO COBOL'." - Tim Roberts
EuroPython: Registration is open!
EuroPython in the Python411 Podcast Series
Python 2.5 appears to give wrong results on Windows for file
creation/modification/last access time - but no, it's right,
although the differences are a bit hard to explain:
The right way to handle Unicode filenames, including Zip archives:
The concept of "active exception" may be a bit obscure - see a great
clarification by Duncan Booth in this thread:
However widely it's believed that items in a Tkinter listbox can't
be differentially colored, rfg007 knows better:
itertools.groupby is a great tool. Trying to improve the documentation,
contributors arrive at pleasing examples:
What people like about Python, pitfalls, desired features, misfeatures,
all in a rather serious and objective thread called -of course- "Python
Python and memory handling: why you don't notice the freed memory, why
one should not care, and details on the "small-object allocator"
If you are concerned on how __special__ methods map onto the internal type
structures, or just curious about that, these comments may be useful:
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*
Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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