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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 30)

QOTW: "If I wanted to write five lines instead of one everywhere in a
Python program, I'd use Java." -- Paul Rubin
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....2acd1fa?hl=de&

"i think less buggy code is not the main concern for all." -- km
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....447ae33?hl=de&
Bryan Olson discovers inconsistencies in the slice implementation
that lead to a new slicing PEP and a lively discussion about string
index semantics:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....014427182265b9

Mark Dickinson finds strange runtime differences depending on the
existence of dummy variables - the riddle is solved by Stelios
Xanthakis who points out that min() can behave non-deterministical ly
when the compared entities have no well-defined comparision sematics:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....658bc804020f08

Russell E. Owen tries to get unique ids for bound methods - and
discovers that id() can return the same value for two different
bound methods. The solution is to keep a reference to the bound
method, thus the id() won't be reused - which tkinters _register
does:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....2d07b8e5470583

Ramza Brown wants a small footprint python distro - and gets
answers which shed light on the subject from varying perspectives:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....5c5a740f7afe87

Diego AndrÂŽs Sanabria wonders about the apparent lack of a
binary tree data type in python:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....f94ea4a27ddb7c

sysfault wants enlightenment about decorators and
metaclasses - and hopefully now has it:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....60a20aaaf4b89a

Roland Hedberg wants to speed up his client/server
implementation - and gets deep insight into the TCP/IP
protocol stacks:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....e871a24d8506a6

As often before, Jp Calderone eloquently illustrates the
expressiveness Twisted affords those writing multitasking
network servers:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....3370299af324e/

max(01)* needs help on piping commands in python:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....3d6b36341e8cad

Pythoneers are nearly unanimous: when you need dynamic
names for your variables ... you're probably doing
something wrong. Python is plenty dynamic, though, so
of course it's *possible*:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....99f17e0cad8f2/

Damien Elmes needs advice dealing with locales:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....6194ba78934818

KM compares apples with oranges - and gets told so:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....44a3ec71e0e2b3

42 thinks he has new ideas about restricting python's
execution - it turns out to be old news again, though:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....31ed5d84026549
=============== =============== =============== =============== ============
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.pytho n.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/

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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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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