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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 28)

QOTW: "It might be nice if it was widely understood (in IT) that Python was
a language any competent programmer could pick up in an afternoon, such that
Java, C, and Perl shops would not be concerned about the need for their staff
to learn a new language." -- Eric Pederson

"What's kind of surprising is that it has turned out to be easier to rewire
the entire world for high-bandwidth Internet than it is to make a good
replication architecture so you can work disconnected!" -- Joel
It's the Early Bird deadline for PyCon 2005!

A wide-ranging thread on "security" yields, among other high
points, a recommendation to read *Security Engineering* and
examples of real security issues Python has:

Can Python operate on a Windows "desktop"? Sure, in a variety of
ways. Thanks to Dennis Benzinger, Jimmy Retzlaff, Vincent Wehren,
and others for their catalogue:

The martellibot illustrates why Python's introspection--and
__subclasses__, in particular--make correct "sandboxing" so
challenging for us:

After a rest of a couple months, it's time again to urge
consideration of IPython as your working shell:

4XSLT is thread-safe, but individual processor instances are not.
4Suite exploits processor-per-thread:

Thread inheritance with win32com requires Co*nitialize() management:

Gerald and the timbot speak sense on the platform-specificity that
is memory management.

Do NOT let your inheritance schemes complexify. One palliative
tactic is to remember (lazy) "containerization" as an alternative
to subclassing. And learn about decorators. And descriptors, for
that matter:

Do people still FTP? Well, Python people *can* ...:

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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
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 pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
ed****@pythonjournal.com and ed****@pythonjournal.cognizor.com
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

Archive probing tricks of the trade:

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