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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 8)

QOTW: "With so many languages being written these days, someone [is] bound
to name [his] language 'Right' simply because all the other words are
taken." -- Tor Iver Wilhelmsen

QOTW: "Why did no one invent Python before?" -- Jonathon McKitrick
If you are new to Python and would rather write a few more statements
than bite the bullet and build your own class, then relax, Robert
Brewer shows how to create a dictionary with a default value for
missing keys - Chris demanded "Perlish behaviour" - in no more than
three lines.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...t%40python.org

David Stockwell stumbles over a line of code designed for sharing
version information between a Python module and the revision control
system.
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=eb1c3fc8589f6023

David Goodger anounces a cheat sheet for reStructuredText for those
who already have some knowledge of the format.
http://docutils.sourceforge.net/docs...cheatsheet.txt

Duncan Booth motivates class methods using the classic OO example, a
hierarchy of shapes.
http://groups.google.com/groups?&sel...uk%40127.0.0.1

Axel Scheepers has converted a Perl script to Python and now wants a
speed boost. The more concrete proposals show the tendency to make the
code both shorter and more elegant. Let's hope it will be fast enough,
too.
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=4c7acd0fdcb2190d

Speaking of speed, some recipes appear in the newsgroup time and again,
and Irmen de Jong has set up a Wiki page to collect common wisdom. You
are invited to participate.
http://www.razorvine.net/python/PythonSpeed

Atul Varma has written a minimal C compiler in Python - the news is
brought to our attention by Tim Freeman. The extension of the tool
chain fosters plans of world domination in an otherwise humble
community. Read the full thread here
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=acc961b08f1cb88a
or go directly to the source at
http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~varmaa/mini_c/

So why did no one invent Python before? The question spawns an
interesting thread and is not as silly as the questioner fears, as
Erik Max Francis proves with his profound answer.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...%40alcyone.com
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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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Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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http://groups.google.com/groups?meta....lang.python.*

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