Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 14)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at phaseit.net
Thu May 14 23:21:15 CEST 2009


QOTW:  "Tail recursion *unifies* message passing and function calling.
*This* is the reason tail recursion is cool." - JRM
    http://funcall.blogspot.com/2009/05/you-knew-id-say-something-part-iii.html


    First beta of Python 3.1 released
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/29d24e950df2bcc6/

    Python-coded scripts can do what LINQ does in expressing queries as
    SQL against a list of rows and columns:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/8c67d72703979c55
    SQLite is quite wonderful.
    
    Chaining generators efficiently
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/f7503fd51f113976/
    
    Decorating a method is slightly harder than decorating a plain function:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/956ce6027df6f8e4/
    
    heapq.merge() lacks a `key` argument, but it would be very useful:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/52ed18a35654d2b1/
    
    Python syntax as a friendlier alternative to those cryptic functional
    languages
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/5f02a42f22e896f3/
    On a third hand, JRM argues that tail recursion would only help
    Python, despite the decisions of BDFL.
	http://funcall.blogspot.com/2009/05/you-knew-id-say-something-part-iii.html
    
    The right way to use an "else" clause in a try/except/else:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/c599b522d4e59f54/
    
    Simple way of handling and logging errors:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/4a77fa363f247f78/
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/fd85bc9de4a23713/
    
    Experienced Pythonistas comment on a simple program:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/5ac3a909e38c4ee4/
    
    Serving an image in a web application does not necesarily require a file
    stored on disk:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/721d5e6ab3b1cbd7/
    
    Double-clicking a .py file doesn't work: how to fix file associations
    on Windows
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/8837a113342c63bc/
    
    A long thread, started as a request for comments on PEP 382, now
    discussing how evil .pth files are, and other issues involving eggs,
    setuptools, easy _install, distutils and even GNU stow:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/aebfb3311a2f5eb6/
    
    In case you missed it: 'import antigravity' in action!
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/9e8d5ebb5423b0af/
    

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Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:

    Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
    center of Pythonia
        http://www.python.org
    Notice especially the master FAQ
        http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

    PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
    marvelous daily python url
         http://www.pythonware.com/daily

    Just beginning with Python?  This page is a great place to start:
	http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiasts":
	http://pythonpapers.org/
    The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
	http://pythonmagazine.com

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
	http://planetpython.org
	http://planet.python.org

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software.  Be
    sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python.announce/topics

    Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
    Updates appear more-than-weekly:
        http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
        http://www.python.org/pypi/

    The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
    to all sorts of Python resources.
        http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

    Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
    mailing lists
        http://www.python.org/sigs/

    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.
        http://www.pythonology.com/success

    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.
        http://www.python.org/psf/
    Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
        http://www.python.org/psf/donations/

    The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
    report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions. 
        http://search.gmane.org/?author=status%40bugs.python.org&group=gmane.comp.python.devel&sort=date

    Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
    hyperlinks retains a few gems.
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

    Python FAQTS
        http://python.faqts.com/

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.
	http://code.activestate.com/recipes/langs/python/

    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:
        http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
    For more, see:
        http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.
        http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse
	http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/

    del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
        http://del.icio.us/tag/python

    Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.
	http://pymag.phparch.com/

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
        http://www.pyzine.com

    Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
        http://www.ddj.com/TechSearch/searchResults.jhtml?queryText=python
    and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
        http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/search/searchResults.jsp?searchSite=dW&searchScope=dW&encodedQuery=python&rankprofile=8

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