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

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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.*********

Derek Fountain gets help from Erik Max Francis understanding the except

Chris Gray seeks info on proxy servers written in Python.*********

Thomas Weholt asks if it is at all possible to use python on
cellular/mobile phones and Mark Hahn says yes.*******************************

Neal Norwitz updates PyChecker to Version 0.8.13, a tool for finding
bugs in Python source code similar to lint.*********...***

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.*********...***

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.*********...***

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.***************************** 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.*********

Tom Verbeure wants to examine sample code or existing open source
projects that make heavy use of unit testing.*********

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.*********************************

Tim Churches asks to verify a GPL licensing question. As always, it's
easier asked than answered.*********...***

Tim Peters follows up to Jeff Davis' puzzler on exponentiation

MetalOne asks about functional style techniques in Python.*********

Newbie Andy Koch gets links to websites that have code of programs
written in Python.***********************************@twister.sout

Hung Jung wants to know the origin of the term "First-class object".*********

Brian Lloyd announces the release of Zope 2.7.0 beta 3.*********...***

Prabhu Ramachandran announces MayaVi Data Visualizer version 1.3, a
scientific data visualizer written in Python and using the Visualization
Toolkit (VTK) for graphics.*********...***

The martellibot appears to have been off-line most of the week, and
therefore perhaps missed this... or is this the explanation... :)
================================================== ======================
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.

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 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

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

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
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*

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