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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 7)

QOTW: "[expletives deleted]" - John Machin, snipping a section of Perl code.

"What sort of programmer are you? If it works on your computer, it's done,
ship it!" - Grant Edwards
Guido invites us to comment on PEP 343. This Python Enhancement
Proposal includes a 'with' statement, allowing you simply and
reliably wrap a block of code with entry and exit code, in which
resources can be acquired and released. It also proposes enhancements
to simple generators, making them easy to use to build these wrappers:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...d9b591ca7b296d

Timothy Smith would like to truncate a Decimal. It's not as easy
as it sounds, but Raymond Hettinger has the definitive solution,
as is so often the case:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...0d2863110dc81e

If you need to set Windows' environment variables persistently,
Gigi's recipe is what you need:
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Coo.../Recipe/416087

EasyInstall, Phillip J. Eby's CPAN clone is ready to go:
http://dirtsimple.org/2005/06/cpan-goodies-for-all.html

How does one check if a given datetime is within a specified
range? Andrew Dalke shows Maksim Kasimov how:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...86c915a237c9a7

Robert Kern shows how to turn a CSV file into a list of
dictionaries, and Peter Otten shows off a lovely iterator
trick for turning adjacent list entries into dictionary elements:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...07b9f71724dcbd

Ryan Tomayko defends the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL,
Python/Perl/PHP) platform:
http://naeblis.cx/rtomayko/2005/05/28/ibm-poop-heads

Skip Montanaro tells us why Emacs is the perfect IDE for him:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...38e5f0d2352e5f

O'Reilly has published a couple of interesting articles by
Jeremy Jones, "Python Standard Logging" and "Writing Google
Desktop Search Plugins":
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2...2/logging.html
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2...1/kongulo.html

How can you reliably eradicate data from a hard disk? Nuke the
site from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...73c88596c35427

Tomasz Bieruta shows us how to sort large files:
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Coo.../Recipe/415581

Google's new Sitemaps allow a Webmaster to tell Google what to
spider. They provide a Python script to get you started:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/si...generator.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.

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.
http://lowlife.jp/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/P...grammersWeblog
http://www.planetpython.org/
http://mechanicalcat.net/pyblagg.html

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...ython.announce

Steve Bethard, Tim Lesher, and Tony Meyer continue the marvelous
tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson and Brett
Cannon 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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del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
http://del.icio.us/tag/python

*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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