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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Mar 28)

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QOTW: "I think the best way of lobbying for Python adoption is to write
good software with Python." -- Jarek Zgoda

"The biggest problem I have now is convincing people that just because
something's not already in the standard library doesn't mean it belongs
there." -- Guido van Rossum, paraphrased by John Belmonte
So far, over 320 have appeared for PyCon, currently in progress.
http://www.sauria.com/~twl/conferences/pycon2004/
http://www.python.org/pycon/dc2004/schedule.html

Prothon justly dominated the week's discussion. It's hard to
summarize all the valuable insights illuminated
http://groups.google.com/groups?q=pr...p.lang.python*
Note the recurring attention to whether metaclasses are a symptom
of health, and the path from there back to
http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork...ary/l-pymeta2/
as well as Michele Simoniato's new real-life example
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=ab312bd057b6e9c

BitTorrent's probably the most widely-used Python program
http://altis.pycs.net/2004/03/24.html#a105

How does one scale? Hung Jung Lu presents a tour de force based
on a novel axiomatization of "all human intellectual
activities", and proceeds through a remarkable density of apt
apothegms ("focus ... on how to make your system maintainable")
to the conclusion that Python's purity and metaprogrammability
make it "good but still not good enough"
http://groups.google.com/groups?fram...dc11f026b3e9bd
Other highlights of the same attention to programming in the
large include Bill Rubinstein's testimony on deep practical
testing, and Stefan Axelsson's that there's a lot more to
typing systems than C++ (for example) offers. Phil Pfeiffer
presents important evidence on how far from "good enough" Python
is
http://www.python.org/pycon/dc2004/p...20Counting.htm
One way to enhance Pythonian engineering is with advanced tools
such as PyNSource, a "UML reverse engineering and modelling"
application
http://www.atug.com/andypatterns/pynsource.htm
PyNSource has much of the "industrial strength" PyReverse, Boa,
and PyUt lack. Yet another breakthrough in scalability is
doctest, most recently explained by Tim Peters and Jim Fulton
in their PyCon presentation
http://www.python.org/pycon/dc2004/p...04DocTestUnit/

Christian von Essen breaks down the "how do I #include?"
question into recipes which threaten newcomers minimally
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=5fd9f24976eb836f
One step farther, and they've arrived at
http://groups.google.com/groups?fram...c63bb4fb20cb3c

ZODB for complete beginners
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=23413

We deal with texts, so it's always timely to learn from George
A. Miller and colleagues
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...ing.google.com

What do Python and AppleScript have to do with each other?
Mathieu Fenniak, Hamish Sanderson, and others know
http://groups.google.com/groups?fram...107f826d13ccad
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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 newsgroup 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 (PSF) has replaced the Python
Consortium as an independent nexus of activity. It has official
responsibility for Python's development and maintenance.
http://www.python.org/psf/
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

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

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

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

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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.*

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