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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 2)

QOTW: "We can't really say much more about thread safety than this, we
think the interpreter will survive. The rest is up to the programmer."
- Donn Cave

"Despite the seemingly endless necessity for doing so, it's actually not
possible to reverse-engineer intended invariants from staring at
thousands of lines of code (not in C, and not in Python code either)."
- Tim Peters
Marduk wants to use string formatting with an arbitrary iterable
instead of a tuple. Hans Nowak posts a format function that fits the
bill.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...phyrfalcon.org

The release of IronPython 0.6, a Python implementation for .Net and
Mono, spawns a broader discussion on the merits of .Net and the
Common Language Runtime.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...ing.google.com
http://www.ironpython.com

Christopher T. King takes a closer look at Yaroslav Bulatov's attempt
to benchmark various approaches to sum many floating point numbers.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...40ccc4.wpi.edu

Premshree Pillai writes an SMS-to-LiveJournal gateway
in Python
http://www.livejournal.com/users/premshree/33967.html

How would you iterate over a list two consecutive items at a time?
That's a the heart of jblazi's question, and it turns out that there
are two ways to do it.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...%40hotmail.com

Patrick Rutledge has written an introduction on how to create games
using pygame.
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=7694

Is Python fully thread-safe? Jeff Epler is poking fun at the
questioner, but Francois Pinard (sorry, no cedilla today) points the
discussion into a more serious direction.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...t%40python.org

"Btw, thank you for those footnotes in Thinking in Java that
encouraged me to try Python :-)" - Dan Bishop.
Bruce Eckel, author of "Thinking in Java", asks for a test for string
similarity. He receives various answers and a thank-you.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...t%40python.org

Dan Sugalski has lost the "Pie-thon" bet to Guido van Rossum that
Python would run faster on Parrot, the virtual machine meant to power
Perl 6. Images of Guido throwing the pie are finally available.
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/wlg/5346
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/osco...day/index.html
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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:
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...python&num=100
http://groups.google.com/groups?meta....lang.python.*

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