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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Apr 4)

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QOTW: "Paraphrasing Occam, I would say 'don't multiply base classes
without necessity'. ;)" - Michele Simionato

"The world diversifies, the world congeals." - Raymond Hettinger (commenting
on the fact that py.test happily runs unittest test suites)

"I can think of no better reason for a programmer to regularly learn
languages: 'our tools warp our thinking.' A programmer is a
professionally warped thinker." - Scott David Daniels
Highlight of the week; Python 2.4.1 final is out:

The effbot was once asked how to find an object's name: "The same
way as you get the name of that cat you found on your porch: the
cat (object) itself cannot tell you its name, and it doesn't really
care -- so the only way to find out what it's called is to ask all
your neighbours (namespaces) if it's their cat (object) ... and
don't be surprised if you'll find that it's known by many names, or
no name at all!" Duncan Booth shows us how to ask the neighbours:

Ian Bicking and David Hansson talk marketing:
Incidentally, when will a hero(ine) emerge to do for GUI
toolkits what the PyWebOff has started for Web frameworks?

A couple of nice decorator examples this week: Scott David Daniels
suggests that a decorator might tidy up wxPython event handlers, and
Oren Tirosh shows us how to hide globals from a function:

Guido demonstrates multimethods, and Ian Bicking gives us an alternative
implementation using generic functions:

Is Python supposed to be boring?

Evan Jones shows us How to Use UTF-8 with Python:
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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.

For far, FAR more Python reading than any one mind should
absorb, much of it quite interesting, several pages index
much of the universe of Pybloggers.

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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It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

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