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Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (May 28)

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QOTW: "Good God! Is there *anything* that python does not already do? I
hardly feel the need to write programs anymore ... Its really 80% like
of the questions that are asked here get answered along the lines of:
import some_fancy_module
solution = some_fancy_module.exactly_the_right_function_to_so lve(problem)
" - Wildemar Wildenburger

"Whenever you are tempted to create dynamically variables names, 99% of
the time what you really want is a data structure, typically a dict or
a list." - George Sakkis
An example shows how much more convenient it is to use cElementTree
than to write a custom expat parser:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/441995.html
The Time Machine in action again: How to enumerate classes in a module,
in the same order they were defined:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442009.html

str.lower()/upper() may not work as expected even on familiar
encodings like utf-8:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442195.html

Steve Holden shows the power of __getattr__, modifying functions
on-the-fly:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442432.html

Learning by example: Ten small-but-useful programs increase from
one line to ten lines in length and demonstrate key Python concepts:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442529.html
http://wiki.python.org/moin/SimplePrograms

Python cheerleading:
http://opensource.sys-con.com/read/368040.htm
http://www.devchix.com/2007/05/24/be...to-love-again/

The advantages of using a module as a singleton - let Python do the
hard work:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442640.html

Debugging extension modules on Windows may be difficult without the proper
(commercial) compiler. This topic shows how to do that using only freely
available tools:
http://groups.google.de/group/comp.l...41a581a0d354ab

Think before using inheritance: a Point is not a list:
http://groups.google.de/group/comp.l...dfa8c65bf8c195

Michelle Simioniato on decorators again: functools makes it easy to
decorate methods:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442057.html

Tips on how to "sell" yourself as a freelancer:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ay/442476.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.

The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats".
http://pythonpapers.org/

Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
http://planetpython.org
http://planet.python.org

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

Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:
http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html

Steve Bethard continues the marvelous tradition early borne by
Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson, Brett Cannon, Tony Meyer, and Tim
Lesher 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/

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

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

Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
Watch this space for links to them.

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://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/

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.
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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