Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Apr 21)
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QOTW: "There's no RightAnswer(tm), just our best guess as to what is
useful behavior for the most number of people." - Raymond Hettinger
First beta version of Python 2.7 is available:
Why still a 2.7 release, when 3.1 is already out?
Deciding when to pass around a parameter, and when to keep it as an
A class is more than just a container for functions and attributes:
Lie Ryan tries to explain the various escaping levels of a regular
Peter Otten shows how to make string.Template resolve dotted.names
Simple string operations, regular expressions, and a full blown
the right tools for different jobs
The list comprehension loop variable, nested scopes, and common
applied to programming languages:
Performance of list vs. set equality operations -- later:
the Open/Closed principle, and why overriding __special__ methods
not affect certain built-in type operations:
__del__ methods are not the same as C++ destructors; they might not
Abstract Base Classes affect the way issubclass() works -- it's not
based only on the chain of MRO anymore:
wxPython and a bad example of 'property' usage:
Keeping client expectations realistic and avoiding scope creep:
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away
Python.org'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
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.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
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
del.icio.us 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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