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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 8)

QOTW: "If you can find a workable solution not involving metaclasses
and decorators, don't use them" - Michele Simionato

"Newest Beautiful Soup beta solves everyone's problems that I know
of." - Leonard Richardson
Jeff Croft gives a good introduction to the Django web framework. Don't
let the "for non-programmers" tag deter you.

The recording of a presentation given by Django developer Jacob Kaplan-Moss
takes little more time to download and consume, but requires only basic
Python knowledge, too.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...49010942275062 [290 MB, 75 min]

Debian now provides Python OpenCV bindings.

If you know some C it may be interesting to learn how to translate error
handling and passing of multiple result values into idiomatic Python.

The basics of Python and SSL are discussed here:

You have to be careful when you test a Queue's state, but that is business
as usual in a multithreaded environment.

The best way to pass a verbosity option around in your programm is
using the logging package instead.

While most Python users don't compete with the effbot by putting more
than a dozen Python versions on their computer, having a few around for
compatibility tests doesn't pose big problems, either.

Voicecode promises to make the keyboard superfluous for writing Python,
C, and C++ code.
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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.

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.

Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:

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.

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

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.

Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.

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.

del.icio.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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