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Raymond Hettinger
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      09-01-2003
QOTW: "All that rigid type safety and data hiding is like wearing army
boots on the beach: nothing can bite your toes, but golly don't it feel
good to just toss 'em and run barefoot." -- David Pinn

QOTW: "... this is Usenet. No matter what you write, somebody is going to
interpret it as a proposal to cook and eat babies." -- Grant Edwards

QOTW: "I assume you mean instance.getthing() because writing
self.getthing() has unclear connotations." -- Michael Peuser


Discussion
----------
Tim Peters explains the virtues of having the documentation in CHM
files instead of HTML. Future Windows installers will ship with
CHM but the HTML will still be available:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=(E-Mail Removed)>

Alex Martelli explains how format numbers with thousand separators:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=8oH3b.15528%(E-Mail Removed)>

Gregory Trubetskoy muses whether SpamBayes could work as a children's content
filter. Paul Patternson already tried it with some success:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?th=86b54b6d2ef425ba>

Mike Fletcher provides links to excellent presentations on
metaclasses by Dr Mertz, Alex Martelli, and Michele Simionato:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=27G3b.8368%(E-Mail Removed)>

Istvan's Albert's effort wrap Perl's approximate string matching
triggers a thread revealing a number of existing solutions in Python:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?th=1c68b7033d7fe239>

Jeff Epler questions authority and defies the powers-that-be by
implementing the rejected PEP for Generator Comprehensions:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?th=7b7d6f43f032b4d0>

Stan Graves gives timeless advice to a young, aspiring computer scientist:
<http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=(E-Mail Removed) oogle.com>

Every week people come up with ideas for changing the language.
This week was no exception:

* Allow dictionary addition with the + operator

* Time machine exception handling (offered humorously by yours truly)

Releases
--------
PyXR 0.9.3, generates cross referenced HTML pages from python source files
<http://www.cathoderaymission.net/~logistix/python/pyxr.html>

Slimp3 0.1, interface to the SLIMP3 MP3 player
<http://www.andreas-jung.com/SLIMP3/slimp3.tar.gz>

SC-Track Roundup 0.6.1, an issue tracking system
<http://roundup.sourceforge.net/>

MyHDL 0.3, Python as a hardware description & verification language
<http://jandecaluwe.com/Tools/MyHDL/Overview.html>

numarray-0.7, an array processing package modelled after Numeric
<http://sourceforge.net/projects/numpy/>

KirbyBase 1.4, plain-text, flat-file database management system
<http://www.netpromi.com/files/KirbyBase-1.4.zip>

Munkware 0.1, transactional and persistent queueing mechanism
<http://sourceforge.net/projects/munkware>

Wing IDE 1.1.10 commercial integrated development environment for Python
<http://wingide.com/wingide/demo>

cx_Freeze 2.2, utilities for freezing Python scripts
<http://starship.python.net/crew/atuining>


================================================== ======================
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
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.

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

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of 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

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity
http://www.python.org/psf/

Cetus does much of the same
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

Python FAQTS
http://python.faqts.com/

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

The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) and (E-Mail Removed)
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

*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.*

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/
http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant)
or
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Python-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python


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"Python-URL!".


-- The Python-URL! Team--

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