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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 30)

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QOTW: "If I wanted to write five lines instead of one everywhere in a
Python program, I'd use Java." -- Paul Rubin

"i think less buggy code is not the main concern for all." -- km
Bryan Olson discovers inconsistencies in the slice implementation
that lead to a new slicing PEP and a lively discussion about string
index semantics:

Mark Dickinson finds strange runtime differences depending on the
existence of dummy variables - the riddle is solved by Stelios
Xanthakis who points out that min() can behave non-deterministically
when the compared entities have no well-defined comparision sematics:

Russell E. Owen tries to get unique ids for bound methods - and
discovers that id() can return the same value for two different
bound methods. The solution is to keep a reference to the bound
method, thus the id() won't be reused - which tkinters _register

Ramza Brown wants a small footprint python distro - and gets
answers which shed light on the subject from varying perspectives:

Diego AndrĀŽs Sanabria wonders about the apparent lack of a
binary tree data type in python:

sysfault wants enlightenment about decorators and
metaclasses - and hopefully now has it:

Roland Hedberg wants to speed up his client/server
implementation - and gets deep insight into the TCP/IP
protocol stacks:

As often before, Jp Calderone eloquently illustrates the
expressiveness Twisted affords those writing multitasking
network servers:

max(01)* needs help on piping commands in python:

Pythoneers are nearly unanimous: when you need dynamic
names for your variables ... you're probably doing
something wrong. Python is plenty dynamic, though, so
of course it's *possible*:

Damien Elmes needs advice dealing with locales:

KM compares apples with oranges - and gets told so:

42 thinks he has new ideas about restricting python's
execution - it turns out to be old news again, though:
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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
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
their results.

For far, FAR more Python reading than any one mind should
absorb, much of it quite interesting, several pages index
much of the universe of Pybloggers.

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.

Steve Bethard, Tim Lesher, and Tony Meyer continue the marvelous
tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson and Brett
Cannon of intelligently summarizing action on the python-dev mailing
list once every other week.

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.

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.

Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

Python FAQTS

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at
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