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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 18)

QOTW: "Other than the parts about 'SADISTS and PERVERTS', what portion
was on topic?" - Peter Hansen, commenting a spam posting
http://groups.google.com/groups?fram...285732810cb768

"Python makes me very lazy. Writing a report in LaTeX today, it was
actually easier for me to make up a syntax for tagging math symbols (put
into comments in the LaTeX source), and extract those and build a List Of
Symbols with a python preprocessor before texification, rather than find
(and figure out how to use) the correct LaTeX package for that." - Caleb
Hattingh
http://groups.google.com/groups?fram...5f4d840fbb6df2
The Boo thread inspires Doug Holton to muse about the future
possibilites of the project, while 'Neuruss' relays news about
the status of the highly anticipated Starkiller project.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...%40comcast.com
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...ing.google.com

Daniel Bickett learns how to use the Windows XP balloon tips from
Python. Once again, ctypes is just the ticket.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...t%40python.org
http://starship.python.net/crew/theller/ctypes/

Blow your technical mind *and* stamp your passport: see Lithuania in
autumn, on the occasion of the next PyPy sprint.
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=4ce1fbd505bad21f

Mike Mussman needs to pass a live socket to another process. Apart
from the well-known posix fork()-based solution, we learn that there
is actually a relatively clean way to do it in Windows as well.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...ing.google.com

Irmen de Jong announces a new release of the Snakelets web programming
framework, and gets in an interesting discussion about implementing the
new, official WSGI API for it and the benefits it would provide.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...news.xs4all.nl
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...t%40python.org

Denis Wendum learns that the reverse version of the comparison
operator __lt__ is __gt__, not __rlt__, but the discussion quickly
turns towards the differences in attribute access between classic and
new style classes.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...urriels.edf.fr

Nick needs to know how to change the desktop background in Windows
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...athenanews.com

Mabororshi wonders about rewriting the Linux kernel in python. Posters
question the virtues of such an endeavour, especially that of a pure
python approach, but writing an OS kernel in Python not only doesn't
seem so far-fetched - it's been done, as can be seen from the thread.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre....supernews.com

IPython, besides changing the license to BSD, will be going through a
major cleanup in the immediate future. Fernando Perez, the author of
the software, wouldn't mind code contributions.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm...t%40python.org

John finds out that at this time, CORBA is probably the optimal way to
get COM-like functionality for Python in Linux.
http://groups.google.com/groups?thre...ing.google.com

Python 2.4, beta 1 is out. Especially notable with this release is the
inclusion of the new "subprocess" module.
http://www.python.org/2.4/
http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0324.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

Python Success Stories--from air-traffic control to on-line
match-making--can inspire you or decision-makers to whom you're
subject with a vision of what the language makes practical.
http://www.pythonology.com/success

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

Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
http://www.google.com/groups?as_usub...python%20patch

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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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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