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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 15)

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QOTW: "Of course it's still an ugly idiom. But there's a distinction between
ugly-but-works and ugly-and-wrong." -- Michael Chermside commenting on one of
the standard ways to simulate an if-then-else expression.

"This is the nature of Usenet and threaded discussions, where one person makes
several comments, some less on-topic that the rest, and another person picks up
on those less on-topic comments and ignores the more on-topic ones. If
everyone posted only responses which *strictly* addressed the original
question, Usenet would be very boring indeed." -- Peter Hansen on why
*his* post didn't match the subject line for the original question.

Ubaidullah Nubar innocently asks about the relative merits of GUI
frameworks on each operating system. The resulting thread is full
of informative comparisons and hard won experience:

Dinu Gherman writes about EmPy for *Linux Magazine*:

John Roth suggests a possible reason that Python and C# don't have Java-
style Checked Expressions:

Ron Stephens offers up his askMerlin program as example code for newbies
and as an open application that allows them to graft on parts of their
own construction. The effort is notable for re-invigorating the CP4E
project, Computer Programming for Everyone:

Randy Ito proposes a group effort to create Macromedia Flash Remoting
servers in Python:

Erik Lechak posts a code snippet for a less than mission critical
application, downloading TV listings:

Last week, Skip Montanaro set up a wiki so that the community can
participate in creating a glossary of key python terminology. It is
already evolving to cover many core concepts for understanding Python:

This week's ideas for changing the language:
* the ternary operator (if-then-else expression) never seems to die

CUTE 0.2 - QT and Scintilla based code editor, scriptable with python

SalStat 20030911 - Python/wxPython application for statistical analysis

hashtar 0.1 - archival encryption to corruptible media

Python Computer Graphics Kit v1.0.1 - collection of Python modules for
creating 3D computer graphics images

Spe 0.1.6 - Python IDE with support for Blender

EmPy 3.1 - system for embedding Python expressions and statements in
template text
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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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