Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 25)

Cameron Laird claird.visiprise at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 17:51:46 CET 2009


QOTW:  "It was intended to be understood, not copied." - Dave Angel
comments
on a characteristic of didactic examples
   http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/61e2d60d08f1c630


   Altering the default character encoding (sys.setdefaultencoding) is
never
   a  good idea:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
ecc3671082f897b4/

   How come id() returns the same thing for different objects?
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
bc09c37fc40059ac/

   Some iterators share state, while others don't - why?
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
d463230d1752aa7f/

   sum(list_of_strings) is explicitely forbidden - why?
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f3c0fba5305e11e2/

   Neither __getattribute__ nor metaclasses can be used to implement
   __special__ methods:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f0a5aeb35f946f80/

   How to compute a running median efficiently:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
d0e011c87174c2d0/

   Several details on how str.split() works are not adequately
documented:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
26dff8570a79067d/

   How to implement a set that uses a custom function to determine
element
   membership (not the element's __eq__):
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
7eb4d6db8556f870/

   Generators explained as simply as possible:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
70a954d0e034b84c/

   Proposal to add slice notation [start:stop:step] to iterators/
generators:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
440076d71746f8cf/

   An encoding problem involves an XML document, HTTP headers, and
Google
   servers:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
885c62699b434d25/

   The `while True:` idiom makes the longest thread so far:
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
46a2082b2e2c991c/

   "Homework" questions: what should be our reaction?
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f7a8c5107e9d27bf/

   Why is python so sad :( ?
       ^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
60c39c1ab1b39ef9/

   Guido's proposes to freeze language grammar and semantics for
several
   years:
       ^://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.python.ideas/6282


========================================================================
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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