Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Feb 9)
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Tue Feb 9 16:03:02 CET 2010
QOTW: "You see? That's what I like about the Python community: people even
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 expression:
Which language features do you like most?
Implementing a two-dimensional array in a simple way seems to actually
be more efficient than other, more sophisticated alternatives:
The new GIL (to be implemented in Python 3.2) will provide less overhead,
especially in multicore CPUs:
In Python 3, 'exec' inside a function does not have the same effect
Using Queue objects to feed and synchronize several worker threads:
New generation IDEs should provide much better and integrated
There is no module in the standard library to handle filesystem paths
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 or
Call-By-Reference?" thread of the year!
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
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 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
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 intelligence
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 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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