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

Gabriel Genellina python-url at
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 01f3f

    Looking for a sane way of organizing modules in a project:
    A simple error (reusing a name for two different things) helps in
    understanding how assignment works:
    Python 2.6.3 broke setuptools - a new release is coming soon:
    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:
    Among current highlights: Indian Pythoneers have been doing *great* things:
    pyTexas is only a week away:
    And KiwiPyCon is coming up fast:

    How to specify a superclass at runtime:
    How to handle dates before 01-01-1970 -- plus, the history of various
    date-handling libraries:
    Christian Heimes summarizes the reasons why one should NOT use the thread
    module directly:
    A module is executed twice - how could that happen?
    Defining 'once' properties (that are computed once for all instances):
    The correct way to define __hash__:
    Pickle backwards compatibility:
    The 'cmp' argument to sort() is gone - was it a good idea?
    Ideas for a self-editing script:
    Is there any real reason to dislike "while True:" loops?
    Object Relational Mappers are evil (or not?):
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
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 enthusiasts":
    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 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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