Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 15)

Gabriel Genellina python-url at phaseit.net
Thu Oct 15 19:23:05 CEST 2009


QOTW:  "It is however, much like the framework in question, best kept private
and not made public." - Ed Singleton, on a "perfectly healthful and
acceptable" practice ... left unnamed here
    http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/987b1a7a4b9 01f3f

    
    Looking for a sane way of organizing modules in a project:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/204e4f698243c62d/
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/aa2f93d4d6ce316f/
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/e24be42ecbee7cad/
    
    A simple error (reusing a name for two different things) helps in
    understanding how assignment works:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/2e1f7621875b3c43/
    
    Python 2.6.3 broke setuptools - a new release is coming soon:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/1dc9f3ef9d7e4679/
    
    Python community action has far outstripped "Python-URL!"'s ability to
    keep up with it; in fact, there's a four-year-old (!) site just to keep
    track of PyCon-s:
	http://pycon.blogspot.com/
    Among current highlights: Indian Pythoneers have been doing *great* things:
	http://programming-tidbits.blogspot.com/2009/10/pycon-india-2009-my-impressions.html
	http://pycon.blogspot.com/2009/09/pycon-india-receives-fantastic-response.html
	http://in.pycon.org/
	http://scipy.in/
    pyTexas is only a week away:
	http://pycon.blogspot.com/2009/10/pytexas-regional-conference-oct-2425.html
    And KiwiPyCon is coming up fast:
	http://pycon.blogspot.com/2009/10/kiwi-pycon-how-programming-language-is.html

    How to specify a superclass at runtime:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/fc0dd89fae658655/
    
    How to handle dates before 01-01-1970 -- plus, the history of various
    date-handling libraries:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/52336cb9128c90bf/
    
    Christian Heimes summarizes the reasons why one should NOT use the thread
    module directly:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/f7e946f84e30b7c3/
    
    A module is executed twice - how could that happen?
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/e8cc7032ef580124/
    
    Defining 'once' properties (that are computed once for all instances):
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/e976c6338ab6f79f/
    
    The correct way to define __hash__:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/62238f7bbb85f08f/
    
    Pickle backwards compatibility:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/3d95c7df243b09f2/
    
    The 'cmp' argument to sort() is gone - was it a good idea?
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/f70457535a7c252e/
    
    Ideas for a self-editing script:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/e3fda49e6a29215c/
    
    Is there any real reason to dislike "while True:" loops?
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/46a2082b2e2c991c/
    
    Object Relational Mappers are evil (or not?):
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/d22fd69527205232/
    
    
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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" site:
	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/

    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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