Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 29)
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Mon Jun 29 10:16:23 EDT 2009
QOTW: "Fortunately, I have assiduously avoided the real wor[l]d, and am
happy to embrace the world from our 'bot overlords. Congratulations on
another release from the hydra-like world of multi-head development." - Scott
David Daniels, on release of 3.1
A success story (involving a game server):
Floats and Decimal objects demythified:
Converting Python code to C/C++: how to do it, alternatives, and when
it would be advisable:
A generator expression declared at class scope: the namespace resolution
rules aren't so intuitive:
A look at 2.1 sample code shows how much (or how little) the language
evolved over time:
No "tree" data structure is available in the standard library - should
Correctly implementing rich comparisons so 'set' membership works as
Python threading and the GIL (again):
In ElementTree, XML() and fromstring() aren't the same thing:
Open source Python projects that need help:
Meta issue: some posts appear to be missing, depending on where you
read this (the mailing list, the newsgroup, the gmane gateway...)
[OT] Measuring Fractal Dimension (mad mathematicians only):
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
Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:
The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiasts":
The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
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:
The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
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.
The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
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, see:
For more, see:
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.
*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
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