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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Dec 10)

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QOTW: "I still think this is a silly idea, but at least it doesn't track mud
all over Python's nice clean rugs." -- Michael J. Fromberger

"Basically, in tk, canvases are for vector drawing; in other toolkits, they're
more for bitmap drawing. And this makes quite a difference..." -- Eric Brunel
Lovers of the eric3 editor get a new 3.5.1 release.

Lovers of the Wing IDE editor get a new 2.0.1 release.

Sometimes the `struct` module's use and structure aren't obvious to the
new user. Tim Peters and Peter Hanson help clarify.

A company in New York is looking for a Python deveoper for Zope work.
I know there has to be someone in NYC with that kind of experience.

Locks, mutexes, Semaphores - Oh My! Discussion of when to use what.
Hint: they are basically the same, only speed and internal implementation
really set them apart. RLock, Condition, Event, etc., add functionality.

Gordon Williams asks about set intersections. Raymond Hettinger
confirms that set intersection with the `set` module does the right

A nice one-liner for DNA recombinations. Be careful with the size of
your input, you don't want to go and segfault with a 512M element list...

Armin Ringo releases Psyco 1.3, for those of us who like our Python to
execute faster. Support for Python 2.1-2.4 is included, as well as more
support for local variables.

Alia Khouri asks "why no python uninstall?" and gets basically
no response. It brings up the topic of Python package management, which
has been discussed before.

Andre Roberge asks for advice on naming a new (claimed better) version
of "Guido van Robot", which is an instructional tool for new programmers.
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Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:'s Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
Notice especially the master FAQ

PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous daily python url
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
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.

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.

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."

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.

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.
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.

Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

Python FAQTS

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at
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of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

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