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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 9)

QOTW: "That's a healthy relationship with a language, I feel, when the
language and me are struggling with the same problems." - Harald Massa

"Fight the trend to add silly disclaimers everywhere!" - GvR
Tim Peters helps Kenneth McDonnald over the hurdle of initializing
subclasses of an immutable type like str.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...t%40python.org

Jeff Epler digs into the C Source to find out why overriding file.write()
has no effect on the print statement.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...hrhj%404ax.com

You could assure Zeljko Vrba, the "Perl expert wanting to learn Python",
that he has already made the hardest step in the new direction.
http://groups.google.com/groups?c2co...fly.srk.fer.hr

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"@ looks like a friendly little womb, with a happy little birth canal,
out of which is born a single pure expression" - Tim Peters

The appearance of decorators - a mechanism for wrapping functions and
adding attributes to them - in the second alpha of Python 2.4 stirs
a heated discussion.

Many do not like the introduction of a new symbol, "@" aka "pie", for
decoration, or see the chosen one as too "visually dense" (obtrusive)
- or just plain ugly. Barry Warsaw weighs alternative symbols.
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...st/047133.html

Christopher T. King argues that the new feature is trying to be all things
to all people.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...40ccc9.wpi.edu

Steven Bethard explores the option space, i. e. all aspects of
decorator syntax that can be chosen independently.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...ing.google.com

Of course the discussion has been going on among Python's developers
for a while and the PEP maintainers who where left behind at some point
are struggling hard to update it to the current state of affairs.
http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0318.html
http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/PythonDecorators

I cannot close this section without at least one use-case, so have a
look at Michele Simionato's multimethod enhancement, building on code by
Howard Stearns and - decorators.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...ing.google.com

(Now be prepared for a more down-to-earth Python-URL next week)
---

Let's go back to the "other" pie. Even the most peaceful Pythoneer
will ponder "pie-decorating" the author of this short pie-thon
report. It's fun, though.
http://www.ntk.net/2004/08/06/
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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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*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
http://www.pyzine.com

Archive probing tricks of the trade:
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http://groups.google.com/groups?meta....lang.python.*

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