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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 6)

QOTW: "- don't use SAX unless your document is huge
- don't use DOM unless someone is putting a gun to your head" - Istvan Albert

"I wouldn't fret too much about a sharp remark from Fredrik Lundh.
They're pretty much all that way. ;) It looks like you already did the
right thing - read past the insults, and gleaned the useful information
that he included in between. It takes a little training to get used to
him, but if you can look past the nasty bite, he's really a valuable
resource." - Steven Bethard
Alex Martelli and Bengt Richter rely on the galilean property
and set function to compute whether a list is duplicate-free:

You needn't just pine for syntax from other languages missing
in Python, such as Perl's "start..end"; if you're Peter Otten,
you can add it to Python:

Python as podcast! You might have *thought* you knew about
the language, but it's a big Python world.

Similarly, yes, Python can do what strtok() does in C, although
it's expressed more readably:

Larry Bates demonstrates how simple use of ConfigParser can be:

With the new-style object model, type() is a stylish indirection:

Enthusiastic Alex accuses Van Roy and Hariri of having written
the 21st century SICP, and more. Much more. With references.
Yet he (and Magnus Lycka and others) remain faithful:

Python's a great general-purpose language. It can address
storage devices directly:
it can operate at high level, and 'most everything in between.
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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.

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.

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 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*

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