Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 24)

Cameron Laird claird.visiprise at
Tue Nov 24 18:59:28 CET 2009

QOTW:  "... it's generally accepted that COM sucks rocks through
straws, so
explore alternatives when they're available ;-)" - Chris Withers

    From nothing to a complete working program - Peter Otten on

    Handling whitespace in command line arguments:

    Recognizing hex arguments in the command line:

    A pipeline of Python programs:

    Calling Python functions from Excel

    The scope of interactive commands:   =20

    List comprehensions and slice assignments - which are the
    operations for dictionaries?

    The precise semantics of [:]=20

    The 'with' statement doesn't allow () for implicit line

    Grant Edwards on the best way to get help from this group :)

    Finding the root cause of slowness when sorting certain objects:

    The fastest alternative to list.extend()

    A library for bijective mappings:

    GUI builders reviewed:

    A long thread started two weeks ago: is Python not scalable enough

Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away
these pages:'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
    The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" site:

    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
    mailing lists

    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.

    Python FAQTS

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.

    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
    SourceForge reincarnation. presents an intriguing approach to reference
    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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