Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Feb 9)

Cameron Laird claird.netnews at
Thu Apr 22 00:18:31 CEST 2010

QOTW:  "You see? That's what I like about the Python community: people
apologise for apologising :)" - Tim Golden

   The third alpha version of Python 2.7 is ready for testing:

   How to enumerate all possible strings matching a given regular

   Which language features do you like most?

   Implementing a two-dimensional array in a simple way seems to
   be more efficient than other, more sophisticated alternatives:

   The new GIL (to be implemented in Python 3.2) will provide less
   especially in multicore CPUs:

   In Python 3, 'exec' inside a function does not have the same effect
   as before:

   Using Queue objects to feed and synchronize several worker threads:

   New generation IDEs should provide much better and integrated
   refactoring tools:

   There is no module in the standard library to handle filesystem
   in an OO way - but why?

   A "History Channel" special: how the way a TAB key was interpreted
   changed over time

   After a false start, finally we get our first "Is it Call-By-Value
   Call-By-Reference?" thread of the year!

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.

   nullege is an interesting search Web application, with the
   to distinguish between Python code and comments.  It provides what
   appear to be relevant results, and demands neither Java nor CSS be

   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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