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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 1)

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QOTW: "All that rigid type safety and data hiding is like wearing army
boots on the beach: nothing can bite your toes, but golly don't it feel
good to just toss 'em and run barefoot." -- David Pinn

QOTW: "... this is Usenet. No matter what you write, somebody is going to
interpret it as a proposal to cook and eat babies." -- Grant Edwards

QOTW: "I assume you mean instance.getthing() because writing
self.getthing() has unclear connotations." -- Michael Peuser
Tim Peters explains the virtues of having the documentation in CHM
files instead of HTML. Future Windows installers will ship with
CHM but the HTML will still be available:

Alex Martelli explains how format numbers with thousand separators:

Gregory Trubetskoy muses whether SpamBayes could work as a children's content
filter. Paul Patternson already tried it with some success:

Mike Fletcher provides links to excellent presentations on
metaclasses by Dr Mertz, Alex Martelli, and Michele Simionato:

Istvan's Albert's effort wrap Perl's approximate string matching
triggers a thread revealing a number of existing solutions in Python:

Jeff Epler questions authority and defies the powers-that-be by
implementing the rejected PEP for Generator Comprehensions:

Stan Graves gives timeless advice to a young, aspiring computer scientist:

Every week people come up with ideas for changing the language.
This week was no exception:

* Allow dictionary addition with the + operator

* Time machine exception handling (offered humorously by yours truly)

PyXR 0.9.3, generates cross referenced HTML pages from python source files

Slimp3 0.1, interface to the SLIMP3 MP3 player

SC-Track Roundup 0.6.1, an issue tracking system

MyHDL 0.3, Python as a hardware description & verification language

numarray-0.7, an array processing package modelled after Numeric

KirbyBase 1.4, plain-text, flat-file database management system

Munkware 0.1, transactional and persistent queueing mechanism

Wing IDE 1.1.10 commercial integrated development environment for Python

cx_Freeze 2.2, utilities for freezing Python scripts
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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
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.

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of 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

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity

Cetus does much of the same

Python FAQTS

The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at
ed**** and ed****
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

Archive probing tricks of the trade:*

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Jul 18 '05 #1
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