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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 24)

QOTW: "Oddly enough it is in Python that I have had the most fun
programming. It is in Python that I find myself not only the most
expressive but the most elegant in my programming. In Python my code
is the clearest and most concise. I don't for one instant feel
constrained by Python. I feel liberated by it." -- Steve Lamb

"After a few hours with Python, I was already better at object-oriented
Python than I ever was at object-oriented Perl." -- Tuang
Alex Panayotopoulos stumbles over 'one of the most popular FAQs' when
initializing instance variables.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...s.inf.ed.ac.uk

Derek Fountain gets help from Erik Max Francis understanding the except
clause.
http://groups.google.com/gr*************************************@freenews.i inet.net.au

Chris Gray seeks info on proxy servers written in Python.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...y.uwaterloo.ca

Thomas Weholt asks if it is at all possible to use python on
cellular/mobile phones and Mark Hahn says yes.
http://groups.google.com/gr*******************************@news2.e.nsc.no

Neal Norwitz updates PyChecker to Version 0.8.13, a tool for finding
bugs in Python source code similar to lint.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

Ian Bicking announces NPyLogo 0.1, the first public release. PyLogo
interprets the Logo language, an education Lisp-like language best known
for its turtle graphics.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

Bryan J Gudorf releases Python Database Objects (PDO) 1.2.0. PDO
provides an object oriented API, similar to that of ADO or JDBC, to
python developers.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

Robin Becker asks if there will be an alternative to rotor now that it
is being deprecated, leading to a spirited discussion of encryption
versus obfustication.
http://groups.google.com/gr*****************************@jessikat.fsnet.co. uk

Bob van der Poel is looking for internal data structure advice prompting
Rony Steelandt to ask if Bob is writing an open source Band in a Box or
Jammer product.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...dns.sd54.bc.ca

Tom Verbeure wants to examine sample code or existing open source
projects that make heavy use of unit testing.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...ing.google.com

Pierre Denis releases Unum 4.0 beta, a Python module which allows you to
work with units like volts, hours, meter-per-second or dollars-per-spam
allowing you can play with true quantities instead of simple numbers.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********************************@news.be.uu.net

Tim Churches asks to verify a GPL licensing question. As always, it's
easier asked than answered.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

Tim Peters follows up to Jeff Davis' puzzler on exponentiation
algorithms.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@nospam.com

MetalOne asks about functional style techniques in Python.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...ing.google.com

Newbie Andy Koch gets links to websites that have code of programs
written in Python.
http://groups.google.com/gr***********************************@twister.sout heast.rr.com

Hung Jung wants to know the origin of the term "First-class object".
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...ing.google.com

Brian Lloyd announces the release of Zope 2.7.0 beta 3.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

Prabhu Ramachandran announces MayaVi Data Visualizer version 1.3, a
scientific data visualizer written in Python and using the Visualization
Toolkit (VTK) for graphics.
http://groups.google.com/gr*********...***@python.org

The martellibot appears to have been off-line most of the week, and
therefore perhaps missed this... or is this the explanation... :)
http://www.greatbridgelinks.com/GBLA...ankeesWin.html
================================================== ======================
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:

Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
http://www.python.org
Notice especially the master FAQ
http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous daily python url
http://www.pythonware.com/daily
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html
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.
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...ython.announce

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of intelligently summarizing
action on the python-dev mailing list once every other week.
http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
http://www.python.org/pypi/

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.
http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists
http://www.python.org/sigs/

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."
http://www.python-in-business.org

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity
http://www.python.org/psf/

Cetus does much of the same
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

Python FAQTS
http://python.faqts.com/

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
http://python.de/backend.php
For more, see
http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?...ShowStatus=all
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid...70&func=browse
http://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
ed****@pythonjournal.com and ed****@pythonjournal.cognizor.com
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*
http://www.pyzine.com

Archive probing tricks of the trade:
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...python&num=100
http://groups.google.com/groups?meta....lang.python.*

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/
http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant)
or
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Python-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python
Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome.
E-mail to <Py********@phaseit.net> should get through.

To receive a new issue of this posting in e-mail each Monday morning
(approximately), ask <cl****@phaseit.net> to subscribe. Mention
"Python-URL!".
-- The Python-URL! Team--

Dr. Dobb's Journal (http://www.ddj.com) is pleased to participate in and
sponsor the "Python-URL!" project.

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